This week in history: April 10-16

This week in history: April 10-16
Father Damien dies in Kalaupapa
Father Damien dies in Kalaupapa
Legendary entertainer Don Ho dies
Legendary entertainer Don Ho dies
The Dalai Lama visits Hawaii
The Dalai Lama visits Hawaii
U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga dies
U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga dies

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


2002:  Van cams ordered off the roads

The state's controversial and much loathed van cams come to a screeching halt at 9:30 a.m.

Gov. Ben Cayetano orders the Dept. of Transportation to end the program after state lawmakers vote unanimously to repeal the program. The traffic camera enforcement effort had resulted in 18,954 speeding citations in only three months. Many drivers complained that the program issued unfair speeding tickets.

One of the original tenants of Ala Moana Center, The Slipper House, announces is it is closing its doors for good. After 54 years of business, store employees say they will close up shop at the end of May because mall management terminated their lease. This comes not long after an announcement that Sears, another original tenant, is closing.


1968:  4,000 Hawaii National Guardsmen and Army reservists are called up for duty in Vietnam

1973:  HSTA found in contempt of court for striking, is fined more than $100K 

In addition to the $100,000 fine, the teachers' union must pay $10,000 for every working day missed during the strike that started April 3.


1912:  Queen Liliuokalani helps lay the cornerstone for Liluokalani School in Kaimuki


1984:  Smoking banned on interisland flights

Interisland carriers – Hawaiian, Aloha and Mid-Pacific – announce that they will ban smoking on all flights within Hawaii starting next month. This makes Hawaii the first state with smoke-free flights.

Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, arrives on Oahu. One of the world's most revered spiritual leaders is in Hawaii to promote the importance of compassion and tolerance.


2007:  Don Ho dies

Many in Hawaii and around the world mourn the death of legendary entertainer Don Ho. The Waikiki mainstay collapses at his home near Diamond Head and dies of heart failure.

Ho is remembered as a lifelong entertainer, singing on stage at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel up until three nights before his death.


1889:  Father Damien dies in Kalaupapa

1990:  U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga dies at the age 73

1992:  The Keck Telescope on Mauna Kea, now the world's largest, is completed


1935:  Commercial air service between the mainland and Hawaii begins with a flight from San Francisco to the islands

1951:  Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur makes whirlwind visit to Honolulu

Well over 100,000 people reportedly show up to see Gen. MacArthur during his day-long trip to Hawaii in which he is given a tour of Honolulu and an honorary degree from the University of Hawaii.

1963:  Oahu and Kauai declared disaster areas following severe flooding

The northern portion of the island chain sees as much as 18 inches of rain in only six hours. Damage estimates are well above $2 million.

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