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Today in West Hawaii history | March 9


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 9, 1984: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs files a major suit against state officials seeking rulings that OHA is entitled to a share of revenues from all ceded lands under the control of the state Department of Transportation. The blanket suit covers thousands of acres of ceded lands in Hawaii and seeks a 20 percent share of revenues since 1978.

March 9, 1994: Hawaii County announces it will deny occupancy of the controversial Crazy Horse subdivision of Kalaoa until inadequate wall and roof bracings are corrected or an engineering alternative is justified.

Five Kona youth are arrested for gang-style graffiti after police receive information from the public. At the same time, a local painting business took it upon itself to pain over the graffiti at no cost to the community.

Kealakekua resident Glenna Ewing, the only nurse from the Big Island to work in out-of-state Red Cross shelters during U.S. natural disasters, returns from her 20th mission. She is also named the grand marshal of the Kamehameha Day Parade held in June.

March 9, 1999: A cruise ship company and an American shipbuilder are expected to reveal plans to build the two largest passenger ships ever built in the United States. It is believed the ships will begin cruising Hawaiian waters in 2002.

March 9, 2004: The state Legislature strips $11.2 million in Hawaii Health Systems Corp. funds from the governor’s proposed budget. The HHSC cuts would reflect a $1.5 million cut to Kona Community Hospital funding.

March 9, 2009: The state Department of Transportation finds no significant impact will be caused by a $23 million project that calls for paving a new baseyard/container storage area and demolishing and removing an earthquake-damaged overseas transit shed.

Kona Brewing Co. prepares to celebrate 15 years in business producing “liquid aloha” in Kailua-Kona.

March 9, 2013: Hokulia project developer 1250 Oceanside and its two affiliated developers are seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while they try to restructure nearly $700 million in debt.