Today in West Hawaii history | March 26


March 26, 1984: Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, begins to erupt early March 25, 1984, shooting fiery lava from fissures.

Hawaii County Council chairman Stephen Yamashiro has ended speculation that he might run for mayor in the 1984 election. He will instead seek re-election to the Hawaii County Council.

March 26, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1994. March 26, 1994, was a Saturday.

March 26, 1999: The Kona Community Aquatic Center opens tomorrow at the county’s Old Kona Airport sports complex. The aquatic center has an Olympic-sized pool, wading pool, state-of-the-art mechanical equipment and gutter systems, and locker/shower rooms.

Network coverage of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship has again been nominated for a Sports Emmy. The NBC two-hour special scooped up three nominations.

March 26, 2004: Keahole International Airport may be the top choice for a second runway at the expense of the U.S. Air Force. The airport is one of four in the state that the Air Force is eyeing to build a $20 million runway extending between 3,000 and 5,000 feet for test landings of C-17 cargo jets.

The Moscow State Circus announces it will make its premiere performance in Kona on April 6 at Kona gym. The animal free, new age style circus is a combination of Ringling Brothers and Cirque Du Soleil, says the owner Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas.

Police charge 28-year-old Yasushi Kato with second-degree murder in connection with the March 23 stabbing death of Hama Yu Japanese Restaurant owner Yukichi Ito. According to police, Kato had been fired by Ito and returned to the restaurant the next day, confronted Ito and got into a fight with him. Ito was stabbed several times and later died at the scene.

March 26, 2009: The first public gathering to talk about the future of Kailua Park, also known as Old Kona Airport Park, draws an array of questions and suggestions. Among the requests to planner Kimura International, which was hired by the county to conduct a master plan for the 117-acre park, are additional tennis courts, concession stands, better parking and facilities to host tournaments, a dog park, storage and meeting rooms, and additional restrooms, among others.

March 26, 2013: The University of Hawaii issues a notice of award to F&H Construction for the Palamanui campus construction project. Officials were able to renegotiate F&H Construction’s cost from about $25.5 million to $22.7 million.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking a federal judge to overturn a Hawaii County ordinance banning aerial hunting, at least when conducted by the state or its contractors. At issue is a 2012 county ordinance passed after overwhelming community support for banning the practice of shooting animals from helicopters or airplanes. State law also bans aerial hunting. The state Attorney General, objecting to the county ordinance on behalf of the DLNR, says federal orders in 1979, 1987 and a stipulated agreement in 1998 preempt the county law.