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This week in history: May 1-7

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John Lennon and George Harrison visit Hawaii (Image: beatlesbible.com) John Lennon and George Harrison visit Hawaii (Image: beatlesbible.com)
Hokule'a begins first journey (Image: Kamehameha Schools Archives) Hokule'a begins first journey (Image: Kamehameha Schools Archives)
Junior Seau dies Junior Seau dies
Thousands attend Waikiki memorial for Don Ho Thousands attend Waikiki memorial for Don Ho
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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

MAY 1

1928:  May 1st is designated Lei Day in Hawaii

The holiday is named one year after writer Don Blanding’s newspaper article stating that Hawaii needed a holiday to celebrate making and wearing leis. Another writer, Grace Tower Warren, suggests it coincide with May Day.

1976:  Hokule’a begins her maiden voyage to Tahiti

Just before 2:30 p.m., Hokule’a sets off for her first ever trip. The double-hulled canoe is heading to Tahiti using only the techniques of ancient Pacific navigators.

MAY 2

1903:  The Honolulu Symphony performs for the first time

2012:  Junior Seau dies

The NFL and fans across the country are mourning the loss of one of the premier linebackers of all time. Officials say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

2015:  Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in the ‘Fight of the Century’

Floyd Mayweather cements his legacy as the best of his generation.  The boxer uses his reach and his jabs to frustrate Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout.

MAY 3

1944:  Military lifts Hawaii’s blackout restrictions; 10 p.m. curfew for residents remains

1964:  (Half of) the Beatles visit Hawaii

John Lennon and George Harrison spend a day-long layover on Oahu. They enjoy what Hawaii has to offer, spending time at the beach and dining out, but for the most part are able to hide from throngs of fans trying to catch a glimpse of (two of) the Fab Four.

2012:  TJ Maxx opens its first store in the islands

TJ Maxx holds its grand opening at the Ward Village Shops in Honolulu with some shoppers waiting for more than two hours to get inside. Two more TJ Maxx stores are slated to open in the next two weeks – one in Pearl City across from Wal-Mart and another at Pearlridge.   

MAY 4

2009:  Health officials suspect Hawaii residents have swine flu

Don’t panic. That’s the message on this day from the State Department of Health as three Oahu residents become Hawaii’s first suspected cases of swine flu. In a news conference, Gov. Linda Lingle says two of the patients recently traveled to the mainland.

MAY 5

1957:  Color TV debuts in Hawaii

The new TV station, KHVH, goes on the air as the state’s fourth channel and the only to offer color programming.  The station is described as a movie station and airs American war film, 30 Seconds over Tokyo, at 7 p.m. before signing off for the night.

1993:  Hawaii Supreme Court rules state law prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional

2007:  Thousands attend Waikiki memorial for Don Ho

Hawaii honors an icon. Don Ho’s memorial is the largest Waikiki beach gathering in decades, featuring a lineup of more than 20 acts performing for hours at Queen’s Beach. Don Ho died three weeks earlier at his home near Diamond Head.

MAY 6

2013:  University of Hawaii president MRC Greenwood leaving post

The woman in charge of all ten UH campuses plans to leave her job early. MRC Greenwood says she will retire two years before the end of her contract, but maintains her departure has nothing to do with the failed Stevie Wonder concert that brought her leadership under scrutiny.       

MAY 7

1994:  US Navy officially transfers Kahoolawe to the state of Hawaii

The Hawaiian island that the Navy used for target practice during WWII is finally returned to Hawaii. This comes after a decades-long fight waged by many native Hawaiians, most notably a group of nine protesters known as the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana who camped on the island in the 70s in hopes of ending the practice.

1999:  All 5 Bishop Estate trustees ousted

After more than a year of scrutiny, a judge removes four of the five Bishop Estate trustees from their $1 million-a-year jobs and accepts the resignation of the fifth trustee. Oswald Stender, Henry Peters, Lokelani Lindsey, Richard “Dickie” Wong and Gerard Jervis were accused of mismanaging the Kamehameha Schools’ multi-billion dollar trust.

2015:  HPD Chief Louis Kealoha under investigation

Hawaii News Now reports that the City Ethics Commission is investigating Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha. The commission is trying to determine if the chief abused his power by calling in specialized police units while trying to figure out who stole his mailbox. 

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