This week in history: April 3-9

This week in history: April 3-9
An explosion at a storage bunker in Waikele kills 5
An explosion at a storage bunker in Waikele kills 5
Hawaii's entire public school system is shut down as teachers go on strike (Image: Facebook/HSTA)
Hawaii's entire public school system is shut down as teachers go on strike (Image: Facebook/HSTA)
Hawaii Gov. John Burns dies
Hawaii Gov. John Burns dies
Residents of Royal Garden evacuate from the Kilauea volcano
Residents of Royal Garden evacuate from the Kilauea volcano

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Take a look back at some of the big headlines in Hawaii on this week in history.

APRIL 4

Two weeks after the City decided to dump 48 million gallons of raw sewage into the Ala Wai Canal, Oliver Johnson falls into the Ala Wai Harbor and contracts flesh eating bacteria. The 34-year-old's health deteriorates with frightening speed and he dies two days later.

All but six stores at Kahala Mall reopen following extensive damage caused by Hawaii's consecutive 40 days of heavy rain. Carpets are ripped out, and the entire mall undergoes an intensive dry-out.

APRIL 5

1975:  Former Hawaii Gov. John Burns dies of cancer at 66

2001:  Statewide strike shuts down schools

Hawaii's entire public school system, including all UH campuses, is shut down as teachers and University of Hawaii faculty members go on strike. They walk out after breakdowns in separate contract talks.

It's the end of an era. Nearly two weeks after announcing it would close, Molokai Ranch officially shuts down. The ranch owns more than 60,000 acres – or 35 percent – of the island. A golf course, Molokai's only movie theater, and a gas station are among the facilities that close on this day, and at least 120 lose their jobs. The company CEO says the decision to shut down is "purely business".

APRIL 6

1937:  Helen Keller visits Hawaii

Police arrest Robert "Bobby" Richard Titcomb, 49, at the intersection of South Street and Pohukaina Street where they say he intended to meet an escort from an online service. Titcomb allegedly offers to pay the escort, who was actually an undercover officer, $100 for sex.

Titcomb and President Obama are long-time friends, frequently seen golfing and dining together when the First Family vacations in Hawaii.

APRIL 7

1957:  4 die when an Air Force B-47 heading for Hickam instead strikes the Waianae Mountains at 300 mph

APRIL 8

1983:  Residents evacuate as Kilauea lava erupts

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano that started on Jan. 3 still has not stopped, and on this day about 150 residents in Royal Gardens on the Big Island evacuate for third time since the flow started.

Five people are killed when a storage bunker suddenly explodes. The underground unit, about two miles north of Waikele Shopping Center, is used by a company that stores confiscated fireworks.

Mayor Caldwell signs Bill 72 into law, prohibiting smoking at Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park, Kapiolani Beach Park, Kapiolani Beach Park Center, Kapiolani Park, Kuhio Beach Park, Sandy Beach Park and beach areas of Ala Moana Regional Park.

APRIL 9

1995:  After 98 years in business, the Waipahu Sugar Mill grinds its final haul of cane

2009:  The Star-Bulletin prints its last afternoon edition, ending a 127-year run

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