Editor’s note: This list of notable stories featured in West Hawaii Today throughout the years is compiled from West Hawaii Today archives. It includes historical notes from one, five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years ago. “Today in West Hawaii history” is a daily feature of West Hawaii Today and is available only online at westhawaiitoday.com.
March 4, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on weekends in 1984. March 4, 1984, was a Sunday.
March 4, 1994: A panel of business and civic leaders chime in splitting Hawaii Island into two separate counties saying while the idea may be good, it is not fully formed and unlikely to happen in the immediate future.
Native Hawaiian activists announce plans to protest the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival because of an agreement between the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Hawaii County. A spokesman for Aupuni O Hawaii and Puhi Bay Ohana said the groups object to a deal which would allow the county to continue processing land use permits for the DHHL and its lessees. The planned protest followed an opinion issued by the county corporation counsel based on an opinion by the state Attorney General that counties have no jurisdiction over DHHL property.
Aloha Airlines announces it will continue $20 one-way weekday fare on off-peak flights to Kailua-Kona and other neighbor islands for another two weeks.
March 4, 1999: The Young Men’s Christian Association’s family visitation center in Kailua-Kona, scheduled to open April 1, 1999, begins to take shape with the help of volunteers. The federally funded center would be operated by the Island of Hawaii YMCA and various community partners.
“Hawaii’s State of the Reefs 1998” is released noting that Hawaii faces significant challenges in protecting its marine life and declining environment. The report, which outlines the current conditions of coral reef ecosystems in Hawaii, is the first of its kind in Hawaii and the U.S. It recommended creating a coral emergency response team; increase monitoring and study of the effects of native species on coral reefs; change Hawaii law to give the Department of Land and Natural Resources rule-making authority to manage fisheries and regulate fishing practices; designate 30 percent of the Kona Coast as fish replenishment area; and funding to determine the biological impact of commercial ocean recreation and activities.
March 4, 2004: Options for a senior center for West Hawaii are probed. Among the ideas on the table: Have the county convert Hale Halawai into a senior center; the nonprofit Hawaii County Economic Opportunities Council assume control of the Old Kona Airport pavilion to create a multigenerational center; the county acquire land adjacent to Hualalai Elderly Housing and build a new 25,000-square-foot facility; the YMCA add a multigenerational center to its $13 million planned facility in Keauhou View Estates; and the county assume control of the Old Kona Airport pavilion from the state to convert it into a senior center.
Dozens of wrestlers from Hawaii Island prepare to hit the mat during the opening day of the Hawaii High School Athletics Association’s boys and girls state wrestling tournament. The Big Island Interscholastic Federation was represented by as many as four wrestlers in every weight class.
March 4, 2009: Fires in North Kohala, South Kohala, Ka1999‘u and Kailua-Kona keep firefighters busy. The fires were located in remote areas and unlikely related, a fire official said. The largest of the brush fires was in Pahala, where an estimated 600 acres were burned.
Hawaii County announces plans to open the long-awaited Mamalahoa bypass to southbound traffic for three hours Monday through Friday during a six-month trial period.
The Hawaii County Council takes steps to improve Hawaii County’s ability to bid for federal economic stimulus money by approving 10 bills on their first reading to appropriate money for various projects that are part of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s request for $487.1 million in federal stimulus funds. To receive federal stimulus funds, projects must be deemed “shovel ready” and as close to construction as possible.
March 4, 2013: Area Girl Scouts post themselves at stores and other locales with the hopes of selling those infamous Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. The annual sales help raise funds that stay in Hawaii to support local Girl Scouts programs.