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Developer Ron Rewald attempts suicide in Waikiki hotel room.

Fred Hemmings establishes the Triple Crown of Surfing based on three existing Hawai'i events: the Pipeline Master, the World Cup of Surfing and the Hawaiian Pro.

"Makua Six" arrested while protesting military use of Makua Valley.

State bulldozes Hale Mohalu - a public facility for care of Hansen's disease patients - and arrests those who refuse to be evicted.


Del Monte closes pineapple cannery on O'ahu and lays off half of Moloka'i field employees.

Forbes magazine article calls Hawai'i a "veritable purgatory of business" and compares the state's political leadership to that of the Soviet Union.

Dillingham sold to investor group led by Kohlberg Dravis Roberts & Company for $347 million.

Amfac officially shifts headquarters to San Francisco.


Electricity goes out all over O'ahu causing millions of gallons of raw or partially treated sewage to be dumped in the ocean, streams and Ala Wai Canal; a cane fire is blamed for the outage.


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Kilauea begins present eruption. Above Kalapana, the lava flow destroys two houses, the first home destruction since the 1960 Kapoho flow. Read More.

DJ Hal "Aku" Lewis dies.

Surfer Rell Sunn diagnosed with breast cancer.

Old Haleiwa Theatre demolished.


Commercial cellular telephone service begins.

U.S. invades Grenada.

President Reagan promotes "Star Wars" national defense system.


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