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Patsy Mink becomes the first woman of Asian ancestry elected to Congress.

Hawai`i International Center opens.

Mokule'ia polo grounds open.

In one of Hawaii's worst traffic fatalities, 81 are killed.

Ground broken for new state capitol.

Southeast Asia summit conferences held at Camp Smith.

Eight islanders killed in Vietnam; General Mihn visits survivors in Hawai'i.

For the first time, Caucasians outnumber other ethnic groups in the Islands.


The Dunes nightclub opens.

Ala Moana's $15 million Phase II breaks ground coinciding with Dillingham Corporation's 75th year of operation.

Ilikai hotel opens.

Antitrust suit dies when Alexander & Baldwin purchase Matson.

Construction tops $300 million for first time.

Tourist arrivals pass half a million; hotel construction booms on neighbor islands and O'ahu.

$652,900,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $324,400,000.



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New science labs established at Haleakala, Mauna Loa, University of Hawai'i Manoa campus and Kewalo Basin.

Tsunami generated by Alaskan quake reaches the Islands.

An undersea cable between Hawai'i and Tokyo begins operation; phone cables also extended to Manila, Sydney and Vancouver.

First Polaris sub reports for Pacific duty.

Kui Lee writes the hit song, "I'll Remember You."


The Beatles become international pop stars with "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

Japanese "bullet train" starts service.

Palestinian Liberation Organization founded.

President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill into law.


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