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 6, 1984: Self-employed Waimea man Michael O’Kieffe announces he will seek the newly formed state House of Representatives Sixth District seat. The district, which has yet to be formally adopted, stretches from North Kona through western parts of North Kohala and South Kohala and portions of East Maui. Also vying are Bob Lindsey and James Nottage.
March 6, 1994: Ka‘u Agribusiness Co. Inc. and its 250 workers will begin contract negotiations this week that could include a 20-percent pay cut needed to keep the sugar producer afloat. The workers current contract ran through January 1995.
Albert Hee, president of Waimana Enterprises says his plans to build a 58-megawatt power plant in 18 months at Kawaihae, on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, make more sense than Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s plans to expand its 30 megawatt Keahole Generating Station. He also noted that if Waimana had not proposed a facility, HELCO would be considering the Kawaihae site. Hee was one of three parties granted standing in a contested case hearing regarding HELCO’s request for a variance to expand the Keahole plant on state conservation land. HELCO said it could not pursue the Kawaihae location because it could not reach a deal with DHHL; Hee said Waimana and DHHL agreed to a 65-year lease.
Police make no arrests at Holy Smoke Cafe, an event set up to promote support for legalizing the use of marijuana for food, fuel, clothing, medicine, and religious practices. Police said four to six additional officers were called to monitor the crowd. Before the event, police had stated they would enforce existing drug laws prohibiting the use of marijuana.
March 6, 1999: West Hawaii Today did not publish on Saturdays in 1999. March 6 was a Saturday.
March 6, 2004: West Hawaii Today did not publish on Saturdays in 1999. March 6 was a Saturday.
March 6, 2009: Any federal economic stimulus money Hawaii County receives for highway projects will have to be obligated by Oct. 1 in order to give the state time to identify alternate projects to finance if top choices don’t work out, says state Transportation Director Brennon Morioka. That differs from the federal requirement of March 2010.
Rodney Dean Bohol is sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping a Kurtistown woman, binding her to a tree in a remote Ka‘u forest, shooting her repeatedly, and leaving her for dead. Under a plea agreement, Bohol was sentenced 20 years for kidnapping and 10 years each for first-degree assault and possessing of firearms when a convicted felon.
March 6, 2013: The Hawaii County Fire Department’s request to add an ambulance at the Makalei Fire Station is denied by the state Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention Branch because of the state’s fiscal situation, Fire Chief Darren Rosario said.
The state House and Senate announce they have adopted a resolution to rename Saddle Road the Daniel K. Inouye Highway after the late senator.