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H-3 freeway opens connecting Kaneohe Marine Base and Pearl Harbor. The 16.1-mile road cost $1.3 billion and generated years of protest over cultural and environmental issues. Read More.

"Broken Trust" essay sparks investigations of Bishop Estate trustees.

Vicky Liu becomes Hawaii's first lady when she marries Governor Ben Cayetano.

State's reciprocal benefits law goes into effect allowing couples who can't legally marry to get some of the benefits given to married couples.

Police, sheriffs and state workers remove belongings of families camped near Mokuleia Beach Park.

Chinese President Jiang Zemin visits the Islands.


Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Bruce Nobles resigns and HVCB president and CEO Paul Casey appointed to take his place.

American Savings Bank completes its acquisition of Bank of America's 39 Hawai'i branches.


Singer-songwriter Israel Kamakawiwo'ole dies; nearly 10,000 gather at Makua Beach to mourn his passing; thousands more visit his body lying in state at the capitol.

National Cemetery of the Pacific-Punchbowl and six other cemeteries desecrated.

Miss Hawai'i Brooke Lee crowned Miss USA; she is later crowned Miss Universe.

State Board of Agriculture cuts quarantine for pets from 120 to 30 days.

Hawai'i is the first state to have at least one Internet connection in each school.

Over 100 students at two Catholic schools - Sacred Hearts and St. Theresa's - contract scarlet fever.


Dolly, a sheep born in Scotland, is the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

Britain cedes Hong Kong (a British colony since 1841) back to China.

Princess Diana dies in a Paris road accident.


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