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This week in history: May 8-14

Sears opens on Beretania St. in Honolulu Sears opens on Beretania St. in Honolulu
The Pali Tunnels open to traffic - in one direction The Pali Tunnels open to traffic - in one direction
A helicopter crashes in downtown Honolulu A helicopter crashes in downtown Honolulu
LBJ dedicates East-West Center on Oahu (Image: eastwestcenter.org) LBJ dedicates East-West Center on Oahu (Image: eastwestcenter.org)
Marianne Cope is beatified at the Vatican Marianne Cope is beatified at the Vatican
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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

MAY 8

1941:  Sears, Roebuck & Co. opens on Beretania Street (where the HPD headquarters now stands)

2013:  Helicopter crashes in downtown Honolulu

A helicopter makes a hard landing onto a street in busy downtown Honolulu, skids nearly 50 feet, then hits a parked car. The drama has a happy ending, however, as the pilot and her passenger walk away unharmed, and no one on the ground is injured.

MAY 9

1961:  LBJ visits, dedicates East-West Center in Honolulu

Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson stops in Hawaii on his way to Vietnam and participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new East-West Center.

1999:  Tragedy at Sacred Falls kills 8

On a sunny Mother’s Day afternoon, an avalanche of giant boulders suddenly comes crashing down into the pool below Sacred Falls in Hauula. The rock slide kills eight people and injures 50. As a result, the popular state park is permanently closed to the public.

MAY 10

1942:  Army-bombed lava flow heading toward Hilo finally stops

After two weeks of its most intense activity in six decades, the lava flowing rapidly from Mauna Loa finally ends. The flow has been moving at a rate of two miles a day, but stops on its own 11 miles from the center of Hilo.

Just days earlier, the Army dropped 16 bombs on lava tubes in an unsuccessful attempt to divert the flow. Due to WWII restrictions, the public doesn’t learn of the tactic until censorship of the news is removed nine days later.

1964:  Frank Sinatra nearly drowns off Kauai 

While swimming with others, a powerful undertow pulls Frank Sinatra roughly 200 yards offshore of his rented home on Kauai. He is brought back to shore by a surfer.

MAY 11

1957:  The ‘Puka in the Pali’ opens

For the first time since construction began years earlier, traffic flows in one direction of the new Nuuanu Pali tunnels. The other direction will not open for traffic until August 1961.

1977:  UH head football coach Larry Price resigns

MAY 13

1908:  Congress approves plans for a naval station at Pearl Harbor

MAY 14

2005:  Mother Marianne Cope is beatified at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI

The ceremony comes after Mother Marianne Cope, who worked closely with Hansen’s Disease patients on Molokai, is attributed with her first miracle in December 2004. Her second miracle is acknowledged in December 2011, and she becomes Saint Marianne Cope in October 2012.

2007:  Settlement reached in case over Kamehameha Schools admissions policy

The Kamehameha Schools admissions policy giving preference to native Hawaiian students will stay put. On this day, it is announced in an on campus student assembly that the civil rights case brought by a non-Hawaiian boy will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. After a four-year legal battle, the school has reached an out-of-court settlement.

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