This day in history
Living up to the fighting traditions of their people are the Filipino male employees of Puumaile Home who are not waiting to be called to the Army before learning the fundamentals of soldiery.
Daily each afternoon, after working hours, they can be seen drilling, mastering everything “Commander” Francisco Llamido can teach them, using wooden guns they made themselves. Llamido also is an employee of Puumaile Home — not a veteran of any campaign with any army — but with ROTC training received while attending the Pangasinan high school in the Philippines.
Llamido’s “soldiers” don’t belong to the Hawaii Rifles but are in hopes of later joining the volunteer civilian army corps, if the draft doesn’t get them soon.
“We thought that someday we’ll be drafted so why not start training now?” Llamido said.
Hawaii County’s population stood at 61,236 as of Jan. 1, according to a population release made jointly by the Research, Planning and Statistics Office of the state Department of Health and Department of Planning and Economic Development.
This figure is comprised of 61,094 civilians and 143 military residents. There also were 2,604 visitors on the Big Island at the time, according to the report.
Hilo’s population totaled 26,251 and the rest of the county 34,985 . ...
The state’s population stood at 773,609.
After a week of meetings, state House and Senate conferees remained far apart last night on key issues in the state’s supplemental budget bill. …
House Finance Committee Chairman Joseph Souki, however, later expressed confidence the conferees would reach an agreement on the budget bill at least by Wednesday and take up other money bills in time for the legislative session to adjourn as scheduled Monday.
Souki acknowledged a proposed $74 million courthouse in Hilo, for which half the funding was approved last year, could again be a major stumbling block.