Today in West Hawaii history | July 6

July 6, 1984: Mayor Herbert Matayoshi says he opposes nuclear power and weapons but believes the military should not be restricted from Big Island waters. When asked about the proposed amendment to the county’s anti-nuclear ordinance, the, mayor said “the military should be left alone, their task is to protect our shores.” The mayor, however, said he would wait until he received Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro’s bill exempting the military before taking a stand on the hotly contested issue.

July 6, 1994: Local lawmakers overwhelmingly reject two new attempts at replacing Hawaii County’s ohana-zoning law with a more restrictive ordinance relating to double-density housing. Separate bills from North Kona Councilman Jim Rath and Puna Councilwoman Helene Hale each failed to generate favorable recommendations from the council’s Committee on Planning.

July 6, 2004: Restorations to the nearly century-old Lower Hamakua Ditch have provided much-needed irrigation water to farmers on the Big Island’s north coast and preserved a piece of Hawaiian history. Now the local team of Natural Resources Conservation Service employees responsible for the repairs has been recognized with a national award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Lower Hamakua Di5tch Watershed Implementation Team,. based in Waimea, received the 2004 Group Honor. The USDA Honor Awards are the most prestigious honors bestowed by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.