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John A. Burns elected governor of Hawai'i. Read More.

Daniel Inouye elected to the U.S. Senate; he later serves on the Senate Watergate Committee and is chair of the committee investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.

Spark Matsunaga elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Luke Katekaru scores an 833 series at Waialae Bowl, the best in the history of Hawai'i bowling.

For the first time, Democrats establish control over both the governorship and state legislature.

The Arizona Memorial, straddling the sunken hull of the USS Arizona, opens to the public, commemorating the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.


As Waikiki land values soar, Sammy Amalu concocts a spectacular deal that lands him in jail. Read More.

Airport terminal opens on the mauka side of Honolulu International Airport.

Waikiki Circle Hotel opened by Emma Kwock Chun, the first Asian woman to own a hotel in Waikiki.

Ala Moana Building opens with 200,000 square feet of leasable space.

$548,400,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $294,400,000.


Singer Don Ho, backed by The Aliis, performs for the first time at Duke's in Waikiki. Read More.

Astronaut Walter M. Schirra drops into the ocean near Honolulu after circling the earth six times and is transported to Hickam Airforce Base before continuing on to the mainland.

New zebra born at Honolulu Zoo brings total zebra population to eight.

Night turns to day in Hawai'i when a nuclear explosion 800 miles away at Johnson Island lights up the sky.

Hawai`i Pono by Lawrence Fuchs published.

Donovan's Reef filmed on Kaua'i.

Benjamin Menor elected to State Senate, the first Filipino to hold that office.

Honolulu's Macel Leilani Wilson - second place winner in the 1962 Miss Universe Pageant - fills in at the Orange Bowl Parade when Miss Universe Norma Nolan of Argentina falls ills with the measles.


Cuban Missile Crisis ignites great international tension.

Vatican Council II modernizes Catholicism.

Marilyn Monroe dies.

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens on Broadway.


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