Today in West Hawaii history | July 4

July 4, 1984: Following more than four hours of emotional public testimony, the Hawaii County Council votes 7-2 to approve Chairman Stephen Yamashiro’s bill to exempt the military from Hawaii County’s anti-nuclear ordinance.

July 4, 1994: A pair of Kona residents file suit in Third Circuit Court to overturn the recently enacted ordinance which provides rezoning for Oceanside 1250’s proposed golf course. The 10-count complaint, filed by C.J. Villa and Nancy Gatewood, seeks to have the ordinance invalidated largely because of irregularities in both the ordinance and the process used to pass it.

July 4, 2004: Contract talks aimed at ending a tugboat workers strike that idled commercial sea traffic around the Hawaiian Islands have resumed. Negotiators for Young Brothers Ltd.-Hawaiian Tug & Barge and the Inlandboatman’s Union of the Pacific met for nearly 10 hours on July 3.

Emergency medical services should improve for residents of the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision of Kaʻu after Gov. Linda Lingle signed a bill providing increased training for paramedics and new emergency for supplies, equipment and vehicle maintenance.