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Maui Mayor Elmer Cravalho and Life of the Land sue to stop Kaho'olawe bombing while obtaining a court order for an environmental impact statement.

Hawai'i law sets up residency requirements for welfare.

Last protestors removed from Kalama Valley to make way for Henry Kaiser's Hawai`i Kai development. Kokua Kalama organizes as one of the first modern sovereignty groups.

Developer Rex Blackburn evicts residents of Waipahu's Ota Camp, sparking a 30-year struggle for those evicted to retain a Filipino community and lifestyle.

Surfer Eddie Aikau named Lifeguard of the Year.


Collective bargaining comes to public schools with teachers represented by the Hawai'i State Teachers Association, principals represented by Hawai'i Government Employees Association and food service and maintenance workers by United Public Workers.

Honolulu Rapid Transit taken over by City and County of Honolulu and becomes MTL.

Jack W. Hall, Hawaii's most influential labor figure, dies.

Honolulu International Center (now Neal Blaisedell Center) discovers $65,000 missing from box office receipts.

$1,416,900,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $412,000,000.

Higa brothers Charles and Francis open a second Zippy's outlet in Kaimuki.


Radiochemistry program at Queen's Medical Center begins; new Pauahi Wing opens; coronary rehabilitation begins under the Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments.

Tornado touches down in Wahiawa damaging pineapple fields, warehouses and 18 homes in Whitmore Village. Tornadoes in South Kona uproot more than 2,500 macadamia nut trees and damage one house.

Hawaii's first annual 'ukulele festival held.

First Pipeline Masters surf competition held.


Pocket calculators available.

Greenpeace founded.


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