March 20, 1984: New traffic signals installed at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Palani Road are acting up and a factory representative is having to contact the mainland manufacturer for help. The lights began having issues just one day after going into operation in conjunction with the opening of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway extension.
March 20, 1994: It is the policy of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to seek the return of all ceded lands now occupied by the U.S. military, including Pohakuloa Training Area, says OHA Chairman Clayton Hee following a vote by the agency to seek the return of Makua Valley on Oahu, which is used by the military as an artillery range. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye says should the lands be relinquished, the economic ramifications to Hawaii would be devastating.
J. Curtis Tyler announces his candidacy for the Sixth District of the state House of Representatives.
Dozens of shiny and speedy cars lined up for the Parker Ranch Cub Scout Pack 27 annual Pinewood Derby at the Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea.
March 20, 1999: West Hawaii Today was not published on this day in 1999. March 20, 1999, was a Saturday.
March 20, 2004: West Hawaii Today was not published on this day in 1999. March 20, 2004, was a Saturday.
March 20, 2009: The cost to send six Hawaii County Council members to a National Association of Counties meeting in Washington recently came to about $21,500, yet there is no guarantee to taxpayers yet that the money was well-spent. Some of the six members who made the week-long trip said the only thing they brought back from the capital was hope that the Big Island will land federal grant funds for various projects.
Hawaii County Fire Department firefighters practice rappelling and securing and retrieving patients using a litter during a seminar taught by CMC Rescue School, a California-based school founded by rescue equipment producer California Mountain Co.
Konawaena High School freshman Lia Galdeira is named Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I girls basketball Player of the Year when the league releases its All-BIIF teams.
March 20, 2013: Federal officials say a DNA-based water quality test, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, could save health department and other governmental agencies time, allowing government officials to close beaches more quickly in the event of a bacterial outbreak. However, state officials say the test wouldn’t end up being much faster for the department than creating a culture because the Department of Health does not have a lab dedicated to molecular testing.
The family of a 71-year-old Kealakekua man killed early Feb. 28 in a hit-and-run crash is asking the public to come forward with any information about his death. Francisco Asuncion died after he was apparently struck by a northbound sedan as he walked along the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway fronting Kona Boys. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Jovan Crnic is named Big Island Interscholastic Division II boys basketball West Hawaii Player of the Year after the exchange student from Serbia led the team to a league title. Voting league coaches made the selection.