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School/Community based management begins thereby allowing local boards to help govern schools.

Russ Francis, one of Hawaii's greatest professional football players, ends his career after playing for the New England Patriots and the San Francisco '49ers.

Nine people die when a hole erupts in the fuselage of United Airlines 747 shortly after takeoff from Honolulu.

Thomas D. Murphy - University of Hawai'i history professor who authored Ambassadors in Arms about Japanese-American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion - dies.


Hawaii's unemployment rate achieves an all time low of 1.8%.

HAL Inc., parent of Hawaiian airlines, votes to pass control of the airlines to a mainland investment group.

Japanese bubble bursts and real estate investments plunge.

Over 1,000 ancient human remains discovered on land being developed by the Ritz-Carlton on Maui; the developer agrees to relocate the hotel after a large public outcry.

Protests over planned geothermal drilling in Puna results in a contested case hearing.


A new Obstetrical Department opens at Queen Emma Tower; ground is broken for POB (Physicians' Office Building) II; the BreastHealth Center is established.

Tanker ship Exxon Houston runs aground near Barbers Point and spills 33,600 gallons of oil. A major environmental disaster is avoided when the ship is freed next day with its remaining 3.5 million gallons of oil still in the hold.

Built in 1901, the Moana Hotel is fully restored and reopens as a National Historic landmark.

Isamu Noguchi - sculptor who created the 24-foot-high tubular "Sky Gate" between the City Municipal Building and Honolulu Hale - dies.


Berlin Wall falls.

Exxon Valdez oil spill fuels outraged condemnation from environmentalists.

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.


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