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State subsidized A-Plus after school program inaugurated.

President George Bush orders halt to all bombing on Kaho'olawe; Congress establishes Kaho'olawe Island Conveyance Comission.

Hawai'i is first in the nation for number of state employees and lowest in local government employees per 10,000 people.

Senator Spark Matsunaga dies.

David Ishii captures Hawaiian Open with a 9-under 279, the first PGA victory by a local golfer since Ted Makalena won the Hawaiian Open in 1966.

Rainbow women's basketball team scores its first NCAA tournament victory beating Montana 83-78.

Hawai'i Pacific wins its first national championship with the NAIA women's volleyball title.

Tommy Kono named to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame; he won two gold medals and a silver in three different Olympics in three different weight divisions.


Hawai'i is second in the nation for number of people per household compared to the state tourism office budget.

Japanese pump $3.8 billion dollars into Hawaii's economy. At the height of investment, Japanese own 11% of the total value of real estate in the Islands and 65% of Hawaii's hotel rooms.

Money magazine says Hawai'i is "tax happy" and the No.1 "tax hell" of the U.S.

Hawaii's first statewide hotel workers strike.


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Castle & Cooke announces plans to largely eliminate pineapple on Lana'i.

Western Farm Bureau takes title to thousands of acres of Hamakua Sugar Company land after the plantation owner fails to make payments.

HAL, parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, piles up big losses but the airline wins a Honolulu-Japan route.

Financier Harry Weinberg - active on the boards of Hawaii's biggest corporations for 30 years - dies at age 82.

Eleven hotels suffer when 7,500 workers walk off their jobs for 22 days, striking for improved wages.


Honolulu's first First Night, a non-alcoholic New Year's Eve celebration, takes place.

Construction of the first geothermal power plant begins in the rainforests of Puna.

Bishop Museum marks its 100th birthday by opening $6.5 million Castle Memorial Building.

Lava from Kilauea volcano consumes Kalapana Gardens subdivision, Kaimu Black Sand Beach, Mauna Kea Congressional Church and Walter Yamaguchi's Kalapana Store.

The Hawai'i Prince Hotel Waikiki is built, showcasing Ellerbe Becket's striking blend of Eastern and Western architectural styles.

One Waterfront Towers is built, becoming the tallest structure in the state.

Paul Mitchell Estate built at Lanikai. The complex includes seven Polynesian-style curvilinear structures built of local materials.

Okinawan community raises $9.2 million for a center in Waipio marking the 90th year of Okinawan immigration to Hawai'i.


Nelson Mandela released after 27 years in South African prison.

Hubble Space Telescope goes into orbit.

Portable "laptop" computers appear.


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