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Outrigger Canoe Club celebrates its 50th birthday.

Shah of Iran vacations in Hawai'i.

Prince Takahito Mikasa, brother to Japan's Emperor Hirohito, visits the Islands twice.


Containerized cargo shipments utilized on Matson freighters.

Ninety-day ILWU sugar strike closes sugar mills at Kohala, Kahuku, Kilauea and 'Ewa Beach.

Nearly 16,000 workers lose wages in 126-day sugar strike, the longest industry-wide strike.

Sheraton pays $18 million for Matson's four hotels: Royal Hawaiian, Moana, Surfrider and Princess Kaiulani.

Despite nationwide recession and a debilitating sugar strike, Hawaii's construction industry breaks records at $170 million.

Trans Pacific Airlines becomes Aloha Airlines.

Oklahoma corporation buys Consolidated Amusement theater chain for more than eight million dollars.

$459,500,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $253,100,000.

"Aloha Strike" by sugar workers wins the public's sympathy when some strikers work on public improvement projects or help farmers contributing to union kitchens.


First Barn Owls - imported from California - released in Hawai'i; it's hoped the 15 birds will prey upon the abundant rats in sugar cane fields.

Prize-winning geneticist Laurence Snyder appointed president of University of Hawai'i.

Honolulu-born Charles Keonaonalaulani Llewellyn Davis wins the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air.

Latter Day Saints Church College at La`ie dedicated by Mormon President David O. McKay.

South Pacific, the movie musical set during World War II, is filmed in Hawai`i starring Mitzi Ganor and Rossano Brazzi and is a huge box office success.


Skateboards invented.

Computer modem invented.

Van Cliburn wins the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.


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