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First Honolulu Marathon held.

Governor Burns sidelined by cancer operation; Lieutenant Governor Ariyoshi takes over his duties temporarily.

State Supreme Court hands down two sweeping decisions awarding more beach access and water usage to the public domain.

Murder rate inside O'ahu Prison far worse than outside prison; National Guard ordered in to keep order.

McBryde Sugar Co. v. Robinson decision finds the state holds water for the benefit of the people and water cannot be transferred out of its originating watershed.


Hawai'i teachers hold the first statewide strike in the nation over pay and working conditions.

One hundred thirty-two Japanese firms control nearly $240 million in the assets of the state.

"Roll-on, roll-off" trailer service is introduced by Matson Lines.

Mediation-arbitration accepted as an innovative new means of settling intractable labor-management standoffs. First electrical utility strike ends with mediation-arbitration.

$2,471,700,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $932,200,000.

More Islanders visit mainland China and more mainland Chinese visit Hawai'i than in any year since the Communist Revolution.

Theo Davies - one of the Island's Big Five firms - sold to Jardine Matheson, a conglomerate based in Hong Kong.



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Elvis goes global with "Aloha From Hawaii," the first satellite live global concert.

Polynesian Voyaging Society founded. Read More.


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First King Kamehameha hula competition held.

Hilo damaged by an earthquake.

'Ahihi-Kina'u on Maui established as the first reserve of the State Natural Area Reserve System.

Four-year medical school approved by the legislature.


Watergate scandal blossoms.

Roe v. Wade examines the legal facets of abortion.

Ernst Schumacher publishes Small Is Beautiful.

Salvadore Allende overthrown by military coup in Chile.


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