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USS Missouri comes to O'ahu. The battleship on which the Japanese surrendered during World War II is now permanently docked at Ford Island.

Rell Sunn, Hawaii's first female lifeguard and champion surfer, dies of cancer; 3,000 attend her funeral at Makaha.

Voters approve constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

U.S. Department of Defense begins ordinance-clearing project on Kaho'olawe.

Noenoe Silva and Nalani Minton publish the rediscovered Hui Aloha 'Aina petition of 1898 protesting annexation of the Islands. Read More.

Former state sentor Milton Holt indicted on federal theft charges.


Hawai'i Convention Center opens.

Kam Drive-In, Hawaii's last drive-in theatre, closes.

State Attorney General Margery Bronster calls for the removal of Bishop Estate Trustees Henry Peters, Richard Wong and Lokelani Lindsay.

The state's largest developer Jack Myers says he is relocating his company to the mainland because Hawaii's short-sighted economic policies cannot support his company.

Liberty House lays off 300 workers and later files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


Paul LeMahieu becomes first state school superintendent from outside Hawai'i.

First mice are cloned by UH research team led by Ryozu Yanagimachi and Teruhiko Wakayama. Earlier research by this group aided the 1997 cloning of the sheep Dolly in Scotland.

Marines continue to train at Makua Valley, the location of Ukanipo Heiau.

Conflict erupts between Friends of 'Iolani Palace president Abigail Kawananakoa and palace director Jim Bartels. After Kawananakoa sits on and damages a royal throne, Bartels resigns and Kawananakoa is later removed as board president.



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Prosecutor Kenneth Starr pursues President Bill Clinton for allegedly lying about extra-marital affairs.

U.S. and Britain bomb Iraq (Operation Desert Fox).

France wins the World Cup.


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