Today in West Hawaii history | March 22

March 22, 1984: The head of Alu Like Inc. tells a U.S. Senate committee that Hawaii public schools have “failed” native Hawaiian children who traditionally rank among the lowest achievers in the state. Winona Rubin, Alu Like CEO, along with about another half-dozen witnesses from Hawaii made their way to Washington to lay out a case for more federal help to improve education for native Hawaiian children.

March 22, 1994: A controversial “second dwelling unit” bill that Hawaii County Council members called imperfect upon adopting it two weeks ago will be reconsidered as possibly being to inhibiting. The bills draftee, Hamakua Councilman Takashi Domingo, upheld the implementation requesting additional council review on whether the bill could be too restrictive.

A Texas gasoline-distribution corporation anticipates finalizing an agreement by year’s end to develop a $100 million diesel-powered electricity plant on former Hamakua sugar lands, a company executive says. Enserch Development Corp. pl.ants to build a 60-megawatt power plant at the Haina Mill site previously owned by bankrupt Hamakua Sugar Co. Inc.

March 22, 1999: More than $1.7 million has been awarded to the state f Hawaii to help support crime victims. The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded separate grants of $364,000 to the Crime Victims Fund and $1.42 million to crime victim assistance programs.

March 22, 2004: Kona Community Hospital completed 3,041 operating room cases in 2003 out of its three operating rooms, averaging 12 cases a day saving lives, improving a life and, some times, losing a life.

March 22, 2009: Forty volunteers converge upon Harold H. Higashihara Park during an ongoing Kamakana Playground renovation project. The project will run through May and update the playground., which opened in 1997.

March 22, 2013: Four years into the job, Hawaii Police Department Chief Harry Kubojiri continues to get rave reviews from the Hawaii County Police Commission. The commission in an annual evaluation praised the chief for professionalism, for getting the department accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, for setting a positive tone at the top and for enhanced communication with the public.

Kealakehe High School senior Madison Hauanio earns a scholarship for swimming to Division II Cal-State East Bay.