This week in history: March 6-12 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

This week in history: March 6-12

A tsunami strikes Hawaii following Japan's massive earthquake A tsunami strikes Hawaii following Japan's massive earthquake
Laie Point during the 1957 tsunami (Image: Henry Helbush/NOAA) Laie Point during the 1957 tsunami (Image: Henry Helbush/NOAA)
Former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis is arrested Former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis is arrested
Thousands flock to view spectacular lava show Thousands flock to view spectacular lava show
Neil Abercrombie launches campaign for governor Neil Abercrombie launches campaign for governor
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Take a look back at some of the big headlines in Hawaii on this week in history.

MARCH 7

1977:  George Helm, Kimo Mitchell go missing

Two members of the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana – a group protesting the Navy’s use of the Hawaiian island for target practice – presumably die at sea. George Helm and Kimo Mitchell are attempting to rescue Walter Ritte and Richard Sawyer, two other members of their group who had hidden on Kahoolawe for 35 days. Unaware that their comrades had already given themselves up the military, Helm and Kimo attempt to paddle on a surfboard from Maui to Kahoolawe, but are never seen again.

2008:  Ala Moana Center expands

Hawaii’s first Nordstrom opens its doors to an eager crowd of shoppers that have been lined up since 4 a.m. Sixteen other stores also open in the new wing at Hawaii’s largest mall, including the state’s first J. Crew.

MARCH 8

2008:  Huge crowds view spectacular lava show

A new viewing site on the Big Island is opened to allow people to see Pele’s power up close. For the first time in years, lava from Kilauea Volcano is flowing into the ocean, creating a steamy, fiery scene. By some estimates, on the first day alone, 2,000 people made the hot, half-mile hike across dried up lava to reach the viewing area.

2008:  Gerard Jervis arrested

A former Bishop Estate trustee – widely known as part of the group who was ousted in the 90s for mismanaging the multi-billion dollar trust – is arrested. Gerard Jervis is accused of driving drunk while chasing a group of teens who were seen throwing eggs near his Lanikai house. During the chase, police say Jervis slammed into their car, causing it to climb a utility pole.

2009:  Neil Abercrombie announces bid for governor

Neil Abercrombie officially launches his campaign for Hawaii governor in 2010. Rep. Abercrombie has served ten terms in Washington, D.C. and says he is ready for a change.

MARCH 9

1957: Deadly tsunami strikes Hawaii

The Aleutians are struck with an 8.6 magnitude earthquake, sending a tsunami to Hawaii. The destruction is widespread: two people die and at least 75 homes are destroyed on Kauai where the largest wave (10.4 meters) is measured. On Oahu, an 8.6 meter wave surges onto Laie Point.

MARCH 10

1970:  Landmark abortion measure becomes law

Hawaii becomes the first state to legalize abortion when Gov. John Burns allows a ten-day waiting period to pass without signing or vetoing the bill. This comes three years before the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Roe vs. Wade decision.

2011:  Massive earthquake in Japan sends tsunami to Hawaii

(Based on Hawaii time) A tsunami warning is issued for the entire state of Hawaii following a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

MARCH 11

1959:  The U.S. Senate votes in favor of statehood for Hawaii

2011:  Tsunami from Japan earthquake reaches Hawaii

Hours after agonizing images from Japan’s massive earthquake are broadcast on the news, the tidal surges begin arriving in Hawaii. The impact is clear, with Kailua-Kona suffering the most damage.

MARCH 12

1959:  The U.S. House votes in favor of statehood for Hawaii

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