Today in West Hawaii history | March 23


March 25, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1984. March 25, 1984, was a Sunday.

March 25, 1994: Three of West Hawaii’s oldest gas stations have stopped pumping gas and one plans to close its doors after 43 years in the service station business. Herbert’s Service Station in Kealakekua will close its doors while Mune’s Service Station in Captain Cook and Hualalai Service Station in Kailua-Kona will stop pumping gas. The closures follow restrictions imposed in December 2003 that would make it necessary for the owners to install new tanks and buy insurance to cover leakage.

The Hawaii County Planning Commission will consider plans for a $15 million resort and residential agriculture subdivision proposed for a pali above Waipio Valley. Royal Coast Resorts and Silverlink Holdings proposes a 40-uni resort for 113 acres of land at Kukuihaele.

A University of Hawaii researcher warns the state’s $17 million-a-year papaya industry will die out in five years if nothing is done to fight the ring spot virus. Stephen Ferreira told the Hawaii County Council that it is no longer possible to eradicate the disease that first appeared in Puna two years ago.

March 25, 1999: Those wanting to use the new Kailua-Kona pool say charging an admission fee at the county facility would exclude those who need access to it the most: the young, the old and the infirm. Many of the 50 people who attend a hearing on charging user fees at all county pools tell Parks and Recreation that workers will probably also have to be hired to collect fee and that means more government employees receiving salaries, health coverage and retirement benefits.

Some food stamp recipients on the Big Island are not required to work, but state officials say that may change as unemployment declines. About 28 percent of Hawaii County households receive food stamps — the highest rate in the state. But adult recipients without dependants may be required to work next year or forfeit benefits. The Big Island, in addition to Molokai and Kauai, has been receiving since 1996 federal waivers that delayed a work requirement for adults on islands with the highest unemployment.

March 25, 2004:

Four South Kona residents are killed on Highway 11 outside Glenwood when the vehicle they were traveling in crossed the center line and collided with a tour bus. Authorities have yet to release the name of the two men and two women killed in the crash. The driver of the tour bus and 12 passengers suffered minor injuries.

Police identify the man stabbed to death March 23 at an upscale Waikoloa Kings’ Shops Japanese restaurant as Yukicho Ito, the owner of Hama Yu Japanese Restaurant. Police also still have in custody 28-year-old Yasushi Kato, a former chef at the restaurant, in connection with the incident. Ito reportedly fired Kato earlier in the week.

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold public hearings on the effects of helicopter and other air tours of Hawaii’s national parks. Six national parks in Hawaii are among the first in the nation to get air tour management plans.

March 25, 2009: Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, has erupted 33 times in the past 150 years. It last erupted a quarter-century ago in 1984. The 1984 eruption began March 25 and ended April 15.

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply is using the power of water flowing naturally downhill from its Waikoloa Reservoirs to generate electricity, enough to power its entire Waimea Treatment Plant and sell the excess to Hawaii Electric Light Co., says Julie Myhre, engineer and energy management analyst for the departments Operation’s Division.

March 25, 2013: Planners are seeking input on transportation improvements at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority’s Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park that will enhance access and serve as an economic driver, opening lots for new tenants and expansion of the research park. The work would be completed in two phases.

Waimea resident Lauren Hickey wins her first pageant — Miss Hawaii United States — and will vie for the Miss United States title in Washington D.C. in July.