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This week in history: March 20-26

Elvis Presley performs in Hawaii (Image: Klein Photo Archives) Elvis Presley performs in Hawaii (Image: Klein Photo Archives)
The City begins pumping 48 million gallons of raw sewage into the Ala Wai Canal The City begins pumping 48 million gallons of raw sewage into the Ala Wai Canal
Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
'Soul Surfer' premieres on Kauai 'Soul Surfer' premieres on Kauai
Mauna Loa begins to erupt for the first time in a decade (Image: USGS) Mauna Loa begins to erupt for the first time in a decade (Image: USGS)
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Take a look back at some of the big headlines in Hawaii on this week in history.

MARCH 20

2008:  Aloha Airlines files for bankruptcy

For the second time in three years, Aloha Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Aloha says it has been forced to match competitor go!’s outrageously low fares at a time when jet fuel costs are soaring.

MARCH 22

1955:  Military crash kills 66

In the darkness, a Douglas DC-6 airliner with the United States Navy crashes into the Waianae mountain range. All 66 people on board are killed, making it the second worst aviation disaster in U.S. history at the time. The aircraft originally left Hickam Air Force Base, but was turning back due to engine trouble.

MARCH 23

2011:  ‘Soul Surfer’ premieres

About seven years after a shark attacked Bethany Hamilton, the movie about her inspirational comeback premieres on Kauai, where she lives.

Hamilton was only 13 years old when a shark bit off her left arm, causing her to lose 60 percent of the blood in her body. Just a few months later, she was back the water. And just three years later, she turned pro. The movie "Soul Surfer" is based on Hamilton's memoir "Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family and Fighting to Get Back on the Board."

MARCH 24

2006: Massive Ala Wai sewage spill

It is the beginning of what will become the largest release of untreated wastewater in state history. On this day, the City begins pumping 48 million gallons of raw sewage into the Ala Wai Canal when the force main bursts following weeks of heavy rain in the state.

MARCH 25

1915:  First major Navy submarine disaster occurs off Oahu

Twenty-one crewmen are killed when the U.S. submarine Skate explodes during routine training just one mile off of Honolulu Harbor.

1955:  Puna declared a disaster area

Nearly one month after a new Kilauea lava flow begins in lower Puna, the region is declared a disaster area. Gov. Samuel King requests $1 million in disaster relief from the federal government.

1961:  Elvis Presley in Hawaii

The King himself is in Hawaii to perform. His benefit concert to raise money for construction of the Arizona Memorial is a huge hit. The set list includes “All Shook Up”, “Don’t be Cruel”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “It’s Now Or Never” and ends with “Hound Dog.”

1984:  Mauna Loa erupts

Mauna Loa – the world’s largest active volcano – begins to erupt for the first time in a decade. It is a dramatic show, with fast moving lava stretching down the slopes and shooting hundreds of feet into the air. The eruption continues for 21 more days, stopping just four miles from the outskirts of Hilo.

MARCH 26

1929:  The Kapiolani Maternity Home opens

What is now the Kapioilani Medical Center for Women & Children opens on the corner of Punahou and Bingham Streets. The Kapiolani Maternity Home has 50 beds, including 22 private rooms.

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