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Polar Bears visit the USS Honolulu while on a mission to the Arctic Circle. Read More.

U.S. Navy ends 10-year $400 million ordnance and environmental clean-up effort and returns Kaho`olawe to state control under the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC).

Hamilton McCubbin, Kamehameha Schools first CEO, resigns amid allegations of an improper relationship with a female employee. He is replaced by Dee Jay Mailer, a former executive with Kaiser Permanente.

Army's "controlled" burn in Makua spreads out of control, destroying more than half the 4,190-acre valley. Environmentalists and Native Hawaiians protest.

President Bush stops in Hawai`i for a one-day visit.


Teamsters strike against Oahu Transit Services stopping city bus service for a month. The strike involves 1,336 bus workers and inconveniences thousands of bus riders.


Koreans celebrate their centennial in the Islands with year-long program of performances and art exhibits.

Michelle Wie, a 13-year-old Punahou student, gains national attention when she wins the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She plays in seven LPGA tournaments and is featured in Sports Illustrated and ESPN magazines.

Monthly gallery walk through Chinatown and downtown initiated on First Fridays draws hundreds to regularly view local art.

UH football coach June Jones awarded a new $800,000 contract, making him the highest paid state employee.

State legislature declares 2003 the Year of the Hawaiian Forest to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Hawaii's forest reserves.

Hawaiian Longboard Federation sponsors first Old Hawai`i Wooden Surfboard Series at Kuhio Beach to highlight surfing on old-style wood boards. Surfers in the event ride waves on 10-12 foot surfboards made of wiliwili and mango wood that weigh 100+ pounds.


President Bush orders preemptive war against Iraq. Saddam Hussein's regime collapses.

SARS – sever acute respiratory syndrome – breaks out in Hong Kong and 20 countries around the world.

Space shuttle Columbia accident destroys the shuttle and kills seven astronauts.


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