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President Kennedy addresses the National Conference of Mayors in Honolulu.

Walter F. Dillingham dies in his sleep.

Queen Elizabeth visits the Islands.

Walter Dillingham, industrialist and developer, dies at age 88.






Forty-four-day newspaper strike shuts down both the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin.

Hawaiian Telephone Company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

American Factors announces that an $8.5 million Liberty House will anchor the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana shopping center.

Robert Taira opens King's Bakery in Honolulu. The business features Taira's signature Portuguese sweetbread, eventually shipping 30,000 loaves annually to mainland markets.

Eddie Flores arrives in Honolulu from Hong Kong; he later opens the chain of L & L Drive-Ins.

New terminal complex at Honolulu Airport becomes operational.

Ilikai Hotel and Apartments built.

$571,900,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total 338,200,000.


Thomas H. Hamilton serves as UH president until 1968, presiding over a campus building boom, increased research grants, recruitment of prestigious professors and a doubling of enrollment. Hamilton defends free speech rights during Vietnam War protests.

Hawai`i Pacific College founded.

Hawai`i Loa College founded.

Groundbreaking for Sea Life Park - a display of marine animals including whales and dolphins - just inland from Makapu'u Beach.

Multi-million dollar astronomical observatory atop Haleakala on Maui completed.

John Dominis Holt writes On Being Hawaiian, considered by many to be the spark igniting the Hawaiian renaissance.

Honolulu elementary school principal Francis S. Takemoto becomes first American of Japanese ancestry to become general officer in U.S. Army Reserve.

Polynesian Cultural Center opens at La`ie.

Donovan's Reef premiers starring John Wayne.


President Kennedy assassinated.

First felt-tip pen marketed.

Cassette tape recorder invented.

Hundreds of thousands join the March on Washington to call for racial equality.


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