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
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.