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Hawai'i Legislature meets in the new State Capitol.

Maui County Council resolution asks Navy to return Kaho'olawe for use for ranching and fishing.

Seventeen AWOL servicemen protest the Vietnam War in the sanctuary of Mo'ili'ili's Church of the Crossroads.

Twenty-four Vietnam servicemen take refuge in two Honolulu churches.

President Nixon stops in Hawai'i on his way to summit talks with South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu on Midway Island. At this meeting, U.S. policy changes from "escalation of the war" to "withdrawal of American troops."

Francis Keala appointed Honolulu chief of police.

Hawai'i ranks first in average life expectancy in the U.S.; Hawai'i repeats this ranking in '79-'81 and '89-91.

State legislature moves county hospital system under state control.

Maui-born swimmer William "Bill" Smith inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame.


State enacts a controversial law in which residential leaseholders can purchase their homesites from unwilling owners.

Seven airlines awarded domestic Pacific routes to fly from Hawai'i to 35 mainland cities.

$1,196,400,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $368,100,000.



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Kodak Hula Show ordered off beach park land and given space on grounds of the Waikiki Shell.

Statues of Kamehameha I and Father Damien are installed in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. Read More.

Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins arrive at Pearl Harbor after splashdown of the Colombia 3.

First VCRs available in the Islands.

Waves up to 50-feet high slam north shores of all islands during December storm. Millions of tons of water smash homes and claim one life.

Fifth Annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitation Surfing Competition offers a first prize of $1,000, the largest prize to date.


Woodstock concert draws thousands to cow pasture in upstate New York.

Apollo 11 lands on the moon.

Flight of the first "Jumbo" jet, Boeing's 747.

Violence erupts between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland beginning "The Troubles."


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