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Hawai'i "half-heartedly" celebrates bicentennial of Captain Cook's arrival.

George Ariyoshi reelected as governor.

Jean King becomes Hawaii's first woman lieutenant governor.

Hawaii's third constitutional convention meets.

Bud Light Ironman Triathlon World Championship inaugurated with 15 registrants and 12 finishers.

Bob Justman and Jody Pollack are first to swim Kalohi Channel - between Moloka'i and Lana'i - a distance of 9.3 miles.

Police net large quantities of marijuana and stolen goods with Operation Green Harvest and Operation Hukilau.

David Ishii named "Golfer of the Year" after winning Hawai'i State Amateur Medal Championship, Oahu Country Club Invitational, Hawai'i Public Links Stroke Play, Waikoloa Oopen and U.S. Open Hawai'i qualifying round.


C. Brewer stockholders approve a merger with IU International Corporation making Brewer a wholly owned subsidiary of IU.

Congress rejects sugar legislation and bill authorizing mining of deep seabed, both key economic measures for Hawai'i.

Young Brothers announces it will leave the inter-island barge business.


Office of Hawaiian Affairs created.

Eddie Aikau, one of Hawaii's greatest watermen, disappears while paddling to seek help for the capsized Hokule'a and its crew.

A 50-year-old Asian woman is the earliest official recorded case of AIDS in Hawai'i.

Trauma Team formed at Queen's Medical Center to handle major emergencies.

Hawai'i becomes the nation's first bilingual state when both Hawaiian and English are recognized as official state languages.

Roy Sakuma's 'ukulele group, the Termites, are succeeded by the Super Keikis.

Manuel Nunes, the foremost authority on 'ukulele, founds a traveling exhibit of the instruments from his private collection and calls it Hawaii's Musical Museum.


First "test tube" baby born.

Camp David accords cement peace between Egypt and Israel.

Love Canal proclaimed a toxic waste disaster area.


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