Today in West Hawaii history | June 26

June 26, 1984: The number of political contenders continues to increase as the July 24 deadline to file draws near, and, according to Hawaii County’s Elections Division, 52 people have already taken out nomination papers.

June 26, 1994: The Hawaiian Homeboyz win the Big Island Battle of the Bands grand prize of free studio time for song recording, free air time on Big Island radio stations and various other prizes and cash. The state West Hawaii Gang Response System sponsored the 10-band competition.

Beginning Friday, certain traffic offenses will be seen as civil rather than criminal matters. Drivers receiving parking or minor moving citations, such as speeding, will have several options including paying for the citation by mail or in person, requesting a hearing or submitting a written statement to contest or explain the citation.

June 26, 2004: Unless there is a credible threat to national security, those who work or play on Kailua Pier should not feel any changes when federal Marine Security Regulations go into effect July 1. However, concrete barricades topped with 8-foot-high wire fencing have been installed on Kailua Pier to provide a “sterile area” for arriving and departing cruise liner passengers.

Administrators are proposing a nearly $400,000 increase in vehicle allowances for 398 police officers next fiscal year, as a result of recent contract negotiations.