Editor’s note: This list of notable stories featured in West Hawaii Today throughout the years is compiled from West Hawaii Today archives. It includes historical notes from one, five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years ago. “Today in West Hawaii history” is a daily feature of West Hawaii Today and is available only online at westhawaiitoday.com.
March 17, 1984: West Hawaii celebrates 25 years of statehood. This special Saturday edition of West Hawaii Today featured an array of articles celebrating the state’s Silver Jubilee as well as insight from various West Hawaii residents.
March 17, 1994: Strong winds kept the 796-foot S.S. Independence anchored in Kailua Bay for two days waiting for calmer seas. The ship stayed in port because of 30-foot seas between the Big Island and Maui.
The contested case hearing involving Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s application for a permit to expand its Keahole Generating Station has been postponed until May 2.
March 17, 1999: The Kiholo Bay home owned by country singer Loretta Lynn sells for $2.65 million to a mainland physician.
March 17, 2004: Hawaii County’s proposed 6-cent-a-gallon fuel tax draws mixed reactions from the public during a public meeting held to discuss the tax, which would be the first fuel tax increase in 16 years. Among the comments: raise the tax further to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and use public transportation; and don’t raise the tax since property valuations will increase the property tax base to fund road maintenance and mass transit, among others.
Kohala Mountain Road will be closed for at least two weeks while state highway crews replace a drainage culvert washed away by heavy flooding earlier in the week in North and South Kohala. The repairs are estimated to cost between $150,000 and $200,000.
Water is restored to residents along Kawaihae Road, Lalamilo Farm Lots and the Puukapu to Lakeland subdivisions following three days without service following a winter storm that stalled over North and South Kohala earlier in the week. Emergency spigots remain, however.
On his 50th birthday, Gunner Mench, who stopped cutting his hair five years earlier, donates his hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces for financially strapped patients suffering medical hair loss.
March 17, 2009: Hawaii County is expected to receive $11 million in federal stimulus dollars immediately for bridge projects in East and West Hawaii and is likely to receive $35.6 million later this year for a midlevel road project in Kona and the first increment of the five-mile-long Waimea Trails and Greenway project.
Hawaii Superferry ceases operations in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that rejected a state law allowing the company to operate while an environmental study is being conducted.
March 17, 2013: Konawaena High School’s Courtney Kaupu is voted girls basketball Big Island Interscholastic Federation’s West Division Player of the Year.