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Jackie Kennedy visits the Islands.

Ted Makalena wins the $63,000 Hawaiian Open Championship - a PGA event - by three strokes at the Waialae Country Club. The former Waialae caddy becomes the only Hawai'i golfer ever to win a PGA tournament.

President Johnson and South Vietnam's Nguyen Cao Ky confer in Honolulu.

Fort DeRussy R&R center opens.

Governor Burns re-elected.

William S. Richardson appointed Chief Justice of the Hawai'i Supreme Court, a post he holds until 1982. His activist court expands native Hawaiian rights and public rights to beaches and state waters. Read More.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Hawaii's reapportionment plan based on registered voters rather than population.

Visitors to the Islands include Philippine President Marcos and a campaigning Richard Nixon.

Forty-two men from the Islands killed in Vietnam.

More than 90 die on Oahu's highways setting a record; one fourth are motorcyclists.

Leader of Pearl Harbor attack returns on the 25th anniversary as a Christian evangelist.


American Factors, one of the Big Five, shortens its name to Amfac.

Mitsuyoshi Fukuda appointed Vice-President of Industrial Relations of Castle & Cooke, Inc., the first Japanese named to the vice-presidency of one of the Big Five companies.

First National and Cooke Trust merge pending U.S. antitrust action.

Airlines order "jumbo" jets for island runs.

Drive for new stadium accelerates; price tag projected to be $21.7 million.

$794,000,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $351,100,000.

First Zippy's restaurant opens at South King Street and McCully. Started by brothers Charles and Francis Higa, the saimin stand is named for the newly instituted ZIP code system. The menu quickly expands and Zippy's grows into a favorite destination for local food.


Kui Lee dies in Mexico.

Medicare instituted in Hawai'i.

First live TV broadcast from mainland arrives via "Lani Bird" satellite.

Aloha Fridays begin when the Hawaiian Fashion Guild convinces Bank of Hawai'i officer Willie Cannon to allow employees to work in aloha wear on Fridays.

Bruce Brown's film The Endless Summer depicts surf culture.

Fred Hemmings wins Makaha surf competition.

The film of James Michener's Hawai`i opens starring Julie Andrews and Max Von Sydow.


Cultural Revolution begins in China.

Indira Ghandi elected prime minister of India.

Miranda decision safeguards suspects' rights.


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