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 8, 1984: A 20-cent stamp designed by Kona artist Herb Kane to honor the Silver Jubilee of Hawaiian Statehood will be released in Kona. The stamp features three principal elements — a golden plover in flight, an Eastern Polynesian voyaging canoe and an eruption on the flank of Mauna Loa.
North Kohala resident Jean M. DeMercer announces she will run for the yet-to-be-ratified state House of Representatives 6th District seat, which included areas of North Hawaii, West Hawaii and east Maui.
March 8, 1994: Police are investigating leads after discovering gang members apparently vandalized a number of Kailua-Kona public buildings over the weekend. Graffiti was found scrawled on the walls of the Kekuaokalani Gym, Hale Halawai, Old Kona Airport Park restrooms, Laaloa Beach Park and Kahakai Elementary Schools. Police estimated in Kona there were 20 to 25 youth involved in gangs.
The Japanese appear receptive to flying charter flights into Keahole-Kona International Airport and helping finance a $60 million Kohala water system, Mayor Stephen Yamashiro announces after a 10-day trip to Japan he said was spent promoting Kona’s expanded airport capabilities and seeking private financing for the water project.
Konawaena High School’s Rico Ventenilla captures first place in the Hawaii High School Athletics Association wrestling state championship helping vault the Wildcats to a fifth place finish overall.
March 8, 1999: An agricultural expert says there is little evidence to support a connection between a drastic drop in the value of unprocessed Kona coffee and a lawsuit filed against mainland retailers. Kent Fleming, a Kona-based extension management economists for the University of Hawaii, said research shows natural economic factors caused the price of Kona coffee cherries to plummet from an all-time high around $1.75 a pound in 1998 to it’s current average of 67.5 cents per pound.
Four Big Island schools in the fourth annual Hawaiian Electric Co. Electron Marathon on Ford Island on Oahu. The Big Island entrants in the competition which calls for students to design and build mini electric cars included Hawaii Preparatory Academy, West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Kohala High School and Waiakea High School.
March 8, 2004: Keei Cafe moves from a former fish market in Keei to its newly built location in Kainaliu. The cafe, owned by Bobby and Gina Miyashiro, opened in 1996.
March 8, 2009: Thieves mar a fundraiser for clothing company FBI co-founder Delta Thompson, who is battling lunch cancer. More than 250 people attended the event, which saw fights breakout possibly providing an opportunity to steal surfboards, accessories, and clothing all intended to be auctioned off.
March 8, 2013: The Hawaii County Council Finance Committee prepares to take up change order authorized for five contracts during the first two weeks of January extending completion dates and increasing contract amounts to the tune of more than $800,000.