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Henry Kaiser dies
Henry Kaiser, who contributed a huge development boost to Hawaii's economy, died in the Islands in 1967. Kaiser started his first construction company in 1914, gradually expanding his empire as a builder of highways, dams, bridges, ships and cars. He first visited Hawai'i in 1930 and gradually got more involved in local business opportunities. In 1940, he began shipping cement to Hawai'i from his plant in California. By 1958 it made more sense to set up a cement works in the Islands to supply local demand. This he did, locating his plant at Campbell Industrial Park. In Hawai'i, Kaiser owned resorts, TV and radio stations, and established the Kaiser Foundation Medical Center and clinics. His most visible and lasting project was the Hawai'i Kai development in east Honolulu.
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