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Native Hawaiians vote to proceed toward achieving political sovereignty. Three court hearings delay release of voting results.

Same-sex marriage debate rages in state legislature and courts.

Families evicted from Makua Beach, the third eviction since 1983.

John Miranda's hostage-taking at his former Sand Island workplace wins extensive live media coverage until his last hostage makes a dramatic escape and Miranda is shot dead. Weeks later police find the buried body of Miranda's girlfriend, Sherry Holmes, believed to have been killed by Miranda.


Ka'u sugar sends its last load of sugar through the mill.

Kona's Keahole Airport receives first planeload of visitors directly from Japan.

Sugar production ends on O'ahu and Big Island.

Japanese visitors to Hawai'i top two million for the first time.

Japan-based KBH Operations sells Kapalua Bay Hotel to mainland investors for $19 million, less than one-fifth the original purchase price.

Hawai'i has second highest auto insurance rates after New Jersey.

First Hawaiian Bank acquires ANB Financial and U.S. Bancorp in Washington state and takes over more than 34 branch banks.


Honolulu City Council approves changes to "Waikiki Special Design District" proposed by Mayor Jeremy Harris. Designed to stimulate construction, changes allow larger buildings and provide more open space at ground level.

Keck II telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea begins scientific observations.

More than a week of storms and floods hammer O'ahu causing $13 million in damage to crops and homes. President Clinton declares a state of emergency and declares O'ahu a major disaster area eligible for federal aid.


Bomb kills 19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce.


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