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Hurricane 'Iwa hits Kaua'i.

Population of Hawai'i reaches one million.

Federal Judge William Schwarzer tells Navy to insure that bombing on Kaho'olawe will not damage archeological sites.

George Ariyoshi defeats Eileen Anderson and Frank Fasi for governor.

Kui Lim, Yal Lim and Sam Kerner win the National Cal-20 Association Sailing Championship held at Kaneohe Bay.

Visitors to the Islands include Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Indonesian President Suharto and Jordan's King Hussein.

Department of the Interior audit finds Hawaiian Homes Commision and the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands so disorganized it could take 50 years and $600 million to distribute homesteads to 7,000 applicants on the waiting list.


Dole Company closes Iwilei cannery for three months.

Amfac Inc. announces phase out of its Puna sugar operations by 1984.

Alexander & Baldwin and Amfac shut down six sugar plantations making half of the sugar industry inactive.

Ala Moana Center sold to Daiei Inc.

Newsweek reports Hawaii's number one revenue producing crop is marijuana.

Ginger industry hits 100 acres of production, raising 3.6 million pounds.

C. Brewer begins 10-year converstion of 8,000 Mauna Kea sugar acres to macadamia nuts.

United Airlines announces plans for direct flights between the West Coast and Maui.

Del Monte Corporation (subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds) announces it will leave Moloka'i. The departure leaves the island with no alternative employment and fields too scarred by pesticides to convert quickly to other crops.


Toxic pesticide heptachlor discovered in O`ahu's milk.

New outpatient oncology department formed at Queen's Medical Center.


Compact discs (CDs) begin to replace records and cassette tapes.

British troops are victorious over Argentina in the Falklands War.

USA Today launches publication.


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