Today in West Hawaii history | July 5

July 5, 1984: The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recration is seeking to amend its rules regarding user fees and policy, something which should alter the present frequent use of Hale Halawai for flea markets, according to director Milton Hakoda. Hakoda said his department began working on changes to the present rules more than three months ago and is now working on preparing the first public notice for a public hearing.

A campaign is underway to repeal an amendment to the county’s anti-nuclear ordinance, passed July 3 in Hilo. About 50 people gathered in Hilo to organize a referendum to repeal the amendment that would exempt the military from the ordinance.

July 5, 1994: Anglers David Harvey and Drew Richardson of Sacramento, Calif., hooked and bring in the first 1,000-pound billfish of 1994. The billfish was caught aboard the aptly named Stars and Stripes and weighed 1,109 pounds.

July 5, 2004: Members of the state’s Inlandboatman’s Union of the Pacific returned to work July 4, ending a four-day strike that cut off cargo delivery to the state. The members voted 49-1 in favor of the new contract and returned to work immediately thereafter. Approximately 60 barge and tugboat workers walked off the job July 1 after negotiations with Young Brothers Ltd. and Hawaiian Tug & Barge broke down during the night.