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Controversial shake down implemented by authorities at O'ahu Community Correctional Center.

The Ironman Triathlon moves to Kailua-Kona to avoid Honolulu's heavy traffic.

Kaho'olawe placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Public protest erupts after innocent verdict reached in Nanakuli case in which a Finnish dental student was allegedly gang raped. Thousands march on the judiciary building and state capitol in "an extraordinary, spontaneous display of public anger."

Eileen Anderson inaugerated as Honolulu mayor.


Alexander Young Building - a dominant presence on Bishop Street for 77 years - demolished despite numerous attempts to save it.

Discount airline Mid Pacific Air begins service.

Dillingham stockholders approve plan to liquidate Ala Moana Center and most of Dillingham's other Hawai'i real estate.

To combat flat tourism numbers, the state funds ad campaign called "Hawai'i 82 - The Isles of Smiles."


Hawai'i Commission on the Year 2000 proposes better technology, more local school control.

Mauna Kea Ice Age reserve established on the upper southern flank of the mountain, an area containing the only alpine lake in the Islands.

Puna Geothermal begins operations on the Big Island, hoping to generate electricity from geothermal steam and incidentally provoking years of protest.

First Hawai'i International Film Festival features seven films from six countries at Varsity Theater.


Columbia designed to be first reuseable spacecraft.

AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - officially recognized by the Centers for Disease Control.

Egyptian president Anwar Sadat assassinated.


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