March 21, 1984:
An eight-man team comprised of Kona residents Mits Oura, Torao Suezaki, Harry Tanaka, David Araki, Yoshimi Uemoto, Zenjo Ege, Seiji Koshi and Yukio Sawada – representing the Kona Regional Senior Center — is crowned the 1984 West Hawaii Billiard Champs.
March 21, 1994: The enf0rcement of zoning and building codes on the Big Island may lie with the decriminalization of violations, Mayor Stephen Yamashiro says. Responding to a claim by Kona County Councilman Keola Childs that enforcement of the codes are in complete disarray, Yamashiro says the adoption of Honolulu’s procedure of administrative civil fines may be the solution.
The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner and exiled leader of Tibet, will visit the Big Island on April 17. It will be the fourth and final appearance of the Dalai Lama in Hawaii.
March 21, 1999: Construction of a long-awaited fire station continues to chide Kalaoa residents, despite expectations that a temporary volunteer station would be finished in July 1998. The delay follows land surveys and a decision to include volunteer and county fire stations on the same project site. The fire station would have been located between Kaiminani Drive and Ahikawa Street on Mamalahoa Highway.
March 21, 2004: Hilo councilman Aaron Chung proposes a $40 million bond float to address road woes in North Kona, South Kona, Kohala and Puna. He says the traffic problems in the various districts have been the result of county officials historically operating with the presumption that they don’t build roads; developers do.
In an effort to preserve makai lands from Milolii eight miles south and beyond through Manuka for future generations, Gil Kahele, a Milolii native, and Trust for Public Lands members escort key state lawmakers to Kapua. The lawmakers, among them Ka’u Rep. Bob Herkes, Kona Rep. Mark Jernigan and House Speaker Calvin Say, were seeking to determine the validity of a request for money to conduct an appraisal as the final step in acquiring 8,000 private acres owned by One Keahole Partners.
A federal judge rules that a man accused in the 1999 slaying of Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, a Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ranger, is fit to stand trial. Eugene Frederick Boyce will stand trial in August on charges of first-degree murder. Proceedings against Boyce were suspended in 2000 after a federal magistrate found him unfit to stand trial. He had since undergone psychiatric treatment.
March 21, 2009: The owner of Property Network Ltd., Robert M. Smith, allegedly closes shop owing what could be a sizable amount of money to area rental property owners, leaving clients, renters and vacations in a bind as officials investigate the issue as a civil case.
Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong via email asks county employees for their opinion on how to increase revenues and cut expenses to address a projected $31.9 million operating budget shortfall in fiscal year 2009-10.
Kaiser Permanente purchases 9.9 acres mauka of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and north of Honokohau Harbor to expand its Kona facility and allow for future population growth.
Kohala High School boys basketball guard Brandon Bautista is named Big Island Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year.
March 21, 2013: The Ka’u Coast and areas on other Hawaii islands would be candidates for an expanded National Park System under a bill announced by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. The bill, the Democrats first in since his nomination to the Senate in December 2012, would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct special resource studies on the Ka’u Coast at the southern tip of Hawaii, among other areas in the state.
The Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management’s wastewater division faces more than $11 million in repairs to its aging infrastructure and may need to consider a rate hike, Acting Director Dora Beck tells county council members.