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Probate Court Judge Kevin S.C. Chang removes four of the five trustees of the Bishop Estate: Henry Peters, Lokelani Landsey, Richard "Dickie" Wong and Gerard Jervis. Chang also accepts the unconditional resignation of Oswald Stender, the fifth trustee. The ruling removes the first fully Hawaiian board in the history of the 115-year-old charitable trust.

Replica of Cook's Endeavour arrives in Hawai'i. Read More.

On Mother's Day eight people are killed and dozens injured by a landslide at Sacred Falls. Sacred Falls State Park remains closed since the incident.

November 2nd, Xerox copy machine repairman Bryan Uyesugi walks into his office on Nimitz Highway and kills seven of his co-workers with a 9mm pistol. Uyesugi surrenders peacefully after a five-hour standoff. It is the worst mass murder in Hawaiian history.

City officials threaten to evict 35 families living at Kea`au Beach Park, the last O'ahu beach available for the homeless.


Consulting firm PKF Hawai`i says Hawaii's hotels have the worst December occupancy since 1980.


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Honolulu Star-Bulletin scheduled to close, ending more than a century of publication. In October, a federal judge halts the newspaper's closing, saying that it violates antitrust laws.


Last New Years of the millennium greeted with fear and uncertainty but a massive computer meltdown due to the Y2K computer bug does not materialize.

Steve Case, Punahou graduate and head of AOL, makes a major donation of stock to the school, a gift that converts to about $8 million.

Hokule'a arrives in Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Hokule'a has now sailed each of the major Polynesian migration routes and docked at each of the three corners of the Polynesian triangle: Hawai'i, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Rapa Nui. Read More.

Two local TV affiliates, KHON-2 and KITV-4 launch "clock time." For the first time their 10 p.m. newscasts start at 10 p.m., conforming to mainland schedules.

John Young Museum of Art dedicated. The museum displays gifts to the University of Hawai'i as well as pieces from artist Young's personal collection.


President Clinton acquitted in Senate impeachment trial.

NATO begins bombing Serbian forces in Kosovo; mass expulsion of Albanians from Kosovo undertaken.

Y2K scare predicts computers will crash at the end of the century.


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