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 2, 1984
The Ski Association of Hawaii announces the annual Aloha Cup and the Mauna Kea Ski Cup will be rescheduled into the Hawaii Ski Cup because of a lack of snow atop Mauna Kea. A planned cross-country ski event on Mauna Loa was also rescheduled.
A Circuit Court order stops construction of a flood control channel in Keopu Heights in South Kona after a family files suit to keep Hawaii County from routing a flood control channel for the subdivision through adjoining family owned agriculture property. The property, according to Hayden Burgess, who represented his family in the case, was being improperly taken by the county under eminent domain without due process. Survey crews were allowed to continue work.
A state Health official says he does not know if smoking marijuana sprayed with diesel oil is harmful, but doubts there is anything “uniquely toxic” about it after Hawaii County police announced they are trying to kill off illegal marijuana patches by spraying from the air diesel oil mixed with water. Sugar companies had complained that marijuana growing on their land was costing them thousands per year.
State planners begin reviewing a complaint filed six months prior that a cement slab was illegally poured on shoreline lava makai of a seawall at an Alii Drive home owned by Ron Brown, who owned the World Square shopping complex in Kailua Village.
March 2, 1994
Students from Kohala High School, Parker School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and Konawaena High School wrapped up a month-long Humpback whale sighting project. The project gave the students a taste of field research while learning about marine mammals and gathering data for the University of Hawaii that was to be compared to data collected by the university in 1977. The students counted 110 whales during 16 hours.
The state House Finance Committee rejects a proposal to let Hawaiian homesteaders in the Panaewa subdivision of Hilo to rebuild their termite-damaged and allegedly poorly built homes. Instead, it approved a measure directing $3 million to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to conduct the repairs. Kona’s Virginia Isbell, who chaired the Housing Committee, denounced the Finance Committee’s action.
Hawaii County Council members continue to wrestle with proposed impact fee legislation first introduced in 1987 to address burdens placed on services and infrastructure by new development.
March 2, 1999
Mayor Stephen Yamashiro submits a proposed operating budget of $173.43 million for the 1999-2000 fiscal year, some $5.4 percent less than the 1998-99 budget. He attributed the decrease in budget to declining county and state revenues.
The trial of Frank Pauline Jr., charged with the 1991 murder of Dana Ireland, is delayed until June at the request of Pauline’s attorney, who needed additional time to read and organize some 5,200 pages of discovery. Ireland, 23, was visiting her sister in Puna when she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bicycle on Christmas Eve 1991. She was abducted, beaten and raped before being left to die along a road in rural Puna. She died Christmas Day.
March 2, 2004
Mayor Harry Kim submits a proposed budget of $246.5 million for the 2004-05 fiscal year, up from $221 million for 2003-04. County officials said increases to the fuel tax and an increase in property tax net values would help fund 65 new positions, roadway improvements and maintenance, and boosting Mass Transit funding.
Hawaii County continues to clean up assess damage from weekend storms, which by press time had blown the roofs off six homes. Some residents in South Kona, South Kohala and Hamakua were still without phone service and power. Two boats, the 65-foot Coral See, and 75-foot Keana, a barge, remained on the rocks of Kailua Bay.
March 2, 2009
Then-Congressman Neil Abercrombie chides President Obama’s plan to remove all but 50,000 troops from Iraq. Abercrombie, who appeared on CNN, said he believed that the drawdown could be accomplished faster.
Konawaena High School’s girls basketball team returns home to well wishers after the Wildcats’ thrilling double overtime win over Farrington High School in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I Championship on Oahu.
March 2, 2013
Kealakehe High School senior David Fangupo, signs his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Hawaii. Fangupo, who has played on both the defensive and offensive lines, ran for 538 yards and 10 touchdowns as a fullback during the 2012-13 season, helping a 10-2 Kealakehe team to its third consecutive Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I title.