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Senator Hiram Fong retires. After elections fill his vacant seat, Daniel Akaka and Cecil Heftel fill House seats vacated by Representatives Spark Matsunaga and Patsy Mink.

Eight Hawaiians "occupy" Kaho'olawe Island to protest the U.S. Navy's use of it as a bombing and shelling target. Read More.

First Greenpeace chapter founded.

Dr. Dale Adams of Kailua is first to kayak the Moloka'i Channel, completing the 32 mile journey in 7.5 hours.

Jim Caldwell is first to swim Pailolo Channel between Maui and Moloka'i (8.5 miles).

Thirteen-year old Robby Naish of Kailua, O'ahu wins the world windsurfing championship.

David McFaull and Michael Rothwell win Hawaii's first Olympic sailing medals, garnering silver in Montreal.

Former governor William Quinn runs for political office again but loses U.S. Senate race to Spark Matsunaga.

Spark Matsunaga elected to the U.S. Senate where one of his achievements is obtaining redress for Japanese Americans unjustly interned during WWII.

Honolulu City Councilmen Wilbert Holck and Frank Loo close out the year's debates with a fistfight.

Future governor John Waihee graduates with the first University of Hawai'i law school class.


Maui becomes first neighbor island to break the one-million visitor mark.

THC Financial Corporation collapses.

Tourism industry posts first three million visitor year.

Major land owners place moratorium on residential land lease negotiations until constitutionality of new state law governing leasehold system is settled.

Cecil Heftel announces sale of KGMB to an Iowa based newspaper and broadcast chain, leaving Hawai'i without a locally owned TV station.



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This badge was created for the 1976 Bicentennial, 200 Years of Law Enforcement in Hawaii. Read More.

The state completes Aloha Stadium.

Honolulu Stadium razed.

The Hokule'a sails to Tahiti, recapturing the early days of canoe travel; no modern navigational tools are used. Read More.

Fred Hemmings helps launch International Professional Surfers; the group exists today as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Rell Sunn organizes first Menehune surf contest.


The Concorde offers the first supersonic commercial airline service.

Riots in Soweto township, South Africa, serve as a cry for racial justice.

Lebanese civil war begins.

Ad man Gary Dahl sells 1.5 million pet rocks.


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