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Congress approves the creation of the East West Center at the University of Hawai'i.

Lava from Kilauea destroys the Big Island town of Kapoho.

Hawai'i voters favor Kennedy over Nixon.

State Legislature convenes first regular session.

First homes built in Hawai'i Kai.


Hawai`i National Bank openes its doors in Chinatown on September 19, 1960 with record-breaking opening-day deposits.

$566,100,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $263,800,000.

Kau Kau Corner closes.

Hawai'i Visitors Bureau launches a mainland ad campaign that says, "Hawai`i has plenty of rooms available right now."

For the first time, tourism overtakes sugar and pineapple industries in the amount of revenue earned.

O'ahu building industry reaches new heights as building permits totaling $164 million are issued, an increase of $35 million over the year before.

Henry Kaiser tentatively agrees to sell Hawaiian Village to Conrad Hilton for $29.75 million.


Plantations mechanized.

A tsunami strikes the Islands killing 61 people.

New commercial aviation record set by Pan American Airways 706 international jet clipper landing at Honolulu with 151 passengers aboard. The flight from Portland, Oregon carried the largest number of passengers ever to fly a scheduled commercial flight.

Hickam Air Force Captain Gene Jones makes second straight catch of a Discoverer nose cone 500 miles off O'ahu. Jones and his nine-man crew spotted the capsule and parachute three minutes after its release and snagged it with special "sky-hook" gear at 14,000 feet.

Entertainer Alfred Apaka dies.


"The Pill" becomes available.

First laser demonstrated.

American U-2 plane shot down over Russia.

Hundreds stage sit-ins to protest segregated lunch counters in the American South.


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