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Centennial of Hawaiian monarchy overthrow observed. Read More.

First Hawaiian Tower opens on Union Mall.

Kaho'olawe Island Conveyance Commission issues recommendation that the island be returned to the state; Congress approves and allots monies.

Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission votes to close Barbers Point Naval Air Station.

U.S. Congress passes Public Law 103-150, an apology to Hawaiians, opening legal argument for International law jurisdiction. Read More.

Hawai'i Supreme Court rules the law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, unless the state can justify such a ban.

UH football player is Hawaii's Fastest Human, running 100 meters in 1.06 minutes.

Chad Rowan (Akebono) becomes first foreign-born wrestler to achieve the sumo rank of yokozuna.

Body of former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos moved from a temporary crypt to a mausoleum at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

State institutes a "Stop-Waste-Hotline."

U.S. Institute of Peace awards first Spark M. Matsunaga Medals of Peace ($25,000 each) to former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan.

Governor Waihee nominates Ronald T.Y. Moon Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.


Bankruptcy filed: Akamai Tours, Original Pancake House, Kahuku Mill, Hamakua Sugar Company, Island Homes Realty.

Kmart opens first Honolulu store.

First Hawaiian Inc. announces it will buy Pioneer Fed Bancorp Inc.

HAL files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dole Cannery's pineapple water tower dismantled.

Hawai'i ranks first in the retail price of gasoline.

King's Garden Restaurant in Kaimuki closes.

State minimum wage increases from $4.75 to $5.25 per hour.

Gannett Corporation buys the Honolulu Advertiser for $250 million. Gannett sells the Honolulu Star-Bulletin to Liberty Newspapers for an undisclosed amount.

New interisland terminal opens at Honolulu International Airport.

Ihilani Resort opens at Ko Olina.

Mahalo Air begins interisland passenger service.


Voyaging canoe Hokule'a makes its longest voyage, 5,500 miles roundtrip to the South Pacific, and along the way is in contact with space shuttle Columbia.

State Department of Health shuts down well testing by Puna Geothermal Venture when hydrogen sulfide emissions rise above the allowed level.

After decades of negotiations and false starts, Oahu's Kahana Valley becomes Hawaii's first living park when families in the valley sign houselot leases with the state.

STARS test missile launches from Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility.

AT&T works to complete fiber-optic cable service to and from Hawai'i and the mainland.

Konawaena High School's Spirit of Aloha solar car arrives in Delaware, the first solar vehicle built by high schoolers to make a transcontinental journey.

Tobacco heiress Doris Duke dies, leaving instructions in her will that her Black Point estate Shangri-La be turned into a museum for Islamic and Middle Eastern art.


Terrorists bomb the World Trade Center.

Czechoslovakia separates into the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Waco, Texas provides setting for siege of Branch Davidian complex by FBI.

Israel and the PLO sign peace treaty.

Mosaic web browser software introduced.


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