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Kaho'olawe no longer regularly used as a U.S. Navy bombing target.

Eileen Anderson defeats Fasi in the Honolulu mayoral race.

State officials establish virtual martial law over Sand Island and evict residents before demolishing their homes built on public ceded lands.

Charles Marsland becomes Hawaii's first elected prosecutor.

NFL brings the Pro Bowl to Hawai'i.

Census shows Hawaii's population grew more than 25% over past 10 years.

Newspapers report Mark David Chapman - John Lennon's murderer - lived in Honolulu for the past three years and bought the apparent murder weapon from a gun shop on Young Street.

Long-time criminal figure Francis Scott Key fatally beaten while sleeping at Hawai'i state prison (now O'ahu Community Correctional Center). His death sparks retaliatory killing of inmate Milton Nihipali and brings out dozens of Honolulu police officers in riot gear to quell potential inmate riots.


Hawai'i experiences first drop in annual visitor figures since 1949.

Average cost of O'ahu single-family home is $150,000.


First surviving Hawai'i-born quadruplets born at Tripler Hospital. The mother, a Navy wife whose husband is stationed in Misawa, Japan, comes to Honolulu to take advantage of Tripler's obstetric facilities.

State Board of Land and Natural Resources limits water pumped from Pearl Harbor water basin to avoid potential supply problems.

Slack key guitarist Gabby Pahinui dies.

Last episode of Hawai`i Five-O - titled "Woe to Wo Fat" - airs after 12 seasons o television.

Puerto Ricans in the Islands number 19,351.

Honolulu Symphony Orchestra musicians go on strike.


CNN begins operations

Bjorn Borg wins the Wimbledon men's singles championship for the fifth time.

Smallpox eradicated worldwide.

Solidarity union movement in Poland led by Lech Walesa.


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