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Four Hawai'i kayakers - Wyatt Jones, Peter Newton, Michael Harbold and Traci Phillips - qualify for the Barcelona Olympics.

Honolulu Airport has the fewest delays of all major airports in the U.S.

Five people killed when an airplane disappears between Maui and O'ahu.

Carl Kawauchi, Alton Motobu and Ulrich Klinke are the first to solo swim Alalakeiki Channel between Kaho'olawe and Maui, a distance of seven miles.

State Supreme Court hears case debating question of same-sex marriage.

Oahu Transportation Services replaces MTL as operator of Honolulu's bus system. Senior citizens no longer get bus passes for free.


State Supreme Court rules 5-0 that the Department of Health did not properly issue a drilling permit to True/Mid-Pacific Geothermal Venture.

Dole Packaged Foods Company announces lay off of workers at its Iwilei and Lana'i locations.

Dole shuts Iwilei Cannery.

Closure of Hamakua sugar, Hawai'i Island's last plantation.

Bank of America takes over HonFed Bank (Honolulu Federal Savings & Loan) and changes its name to Bank of America F.S.B.

Ali`i Place office building opens at corner of Hotel and Alakea Streets.

Gannett Company announces plans to buy the Honolulu Advertiser and to sell the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Hotel opens on Maui.



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Hawai'i State Library reopens.

Hurricane Iniki strikes the Islands; the hurricane is the most devastating natural disaster in Hawaii's history, causing $1.8 billion in damage.

UH president Albert Simone announces his resignation.

Hawai'i Pacific University and Hawai'i Loa College merge under Hawai'i Pacific name.

Hawai`i Calls radio show revived.

Bishop Museum Researcher Barry Nakamura fired after accusing the Department of Transportation of covering up information about a Hawaiian religious site in the path of the H-3 freeway.

Voyaging canoe Hokule'a departs from Honaunau on its longest voyage.

U.S. Postal Service introduces 29-cent Year of the Rooster stamp, designed by Honolulu graphic artist Clarence Lee.


Bosnia votes for independence from Yugoslavia; Bosnian war begins, climaxing with the siege of Sarajevo.

Riots in Los Angeles following acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of Rodney King.

Boxer Mike Tyson convicted of rape.


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