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This week in history: May 22-28

Musashimaru reaches yokozuna Musashimaru reaches yokozuna
Princess Ruth Keelikolani dies Princess Ruth Keelikolani dies
A devastating tsunami strikes Hilo Bay (Image: Pacific Tsunami Museum) A devastating tsunami strikes Hilo Bay (Image: Pacific Tsunami Museum)
Royal Hawaiian Air Service ends operations Royal Hawaiian Air Service ends operations
Damien School goes co-ed Damien School goes co-ed
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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

MAY 22

1986: Hawaii’s oldest passenger airline, Royal Hawaiian Air Service, shuts down

2010:  Djou elected to congress

A councilman becomes a congressman. Charles Djou wins the special election for Hawaii's First Congressional District, becoming only the third Hawaii Republican elected to Congress since statehood. With 39 percent of the vote, he is nearly nine percentage points ahead of democratic challenger Colleen Hanabusa.

MAY 23

1932:  Kapiolani Blvd. to be extended to Waialae Ave.

Mayor George Wright and City leaders decide to extend Kapiolani Blvd. from its existing end, McCully Street, to Waialae Ave.

1940:  The first territory-wide blackout drill is held, leaving residents in the dark for 12 minutes

1944:  A surprise raid is staged in Honolulu to test civilian preparedness against air attacks, The Honolulu Advertiser reports

1960:  Tsunami strikes Hawaii, killing 61 in Hilo

The tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 8.6 earthquake off the coast of Chile, sweeps across the Big Island shoreline, killing 61 people and destroying most of the structures surrounding Hilo Bay. Warnings are first issued in Hawaii six hours before the 35-foot wave’s arrival, but many ignore the warnings and instead head to the coast to see what happens.

The same tsunami continues across the Pacific, striking Japan the following day and causing $400 million in damages there.

MAY 24

1883:  Princess Ruth Keelikolani dies at 57

During her life, she was the richest woman in Hawaii, having received most of the land passed down through the Kamehameha royal lineage. When she dies, the majority of her vast estate is given to her close friend and cousin, Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

MAY 25

1999:  Waianae’s Musashimaru is promoted to sumo’s highest rank – yokozuna

Musashimaru Koyo, born in American Samoa as Fiamalu Penitani and living in Hawaii since childhood, is only the second foreign-born in history to reach Japan’s honorable rank of yokozuna at the time.

2010:  ‘Furlough Fridays’ finally come to an end

After months of bitter feuding over pay cuts and funding plans, the governor, education leaders and the teachers union are finally in agreement. They come up with a four-part plan to end teacher furloughs, including using $57.2 million from the hurricane relief fund and a $10 million interest-free loan from local banks. Before the deal is reached, students lose 17 days of classroom time due to the furloughs.

MAY 26

1989:  Lava from Kilauea cuts off the only clear road into Royal Gardens, forcing the remaining residents to evacuate

2011:  Gabbard announces run for Congress

Honolulu City Councilmember Tulsi Gabbard announces she will run for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. Gabbard, elected to City Council just six months earlier, is the first candidate to announce a run for Mazie Hirino’s seat, which she is leaving to run for Senate.

MAY 27

2010:  Hannemann announces run for governor

It's official. Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann is running for governor. His primary challenger: Neil Abercrombie, who goes on to win.

2012:  Damien Memorial School, St. Francis School go co-ed

Both Damien Memorial School and Saint Francis School in Honolulu end their decades-long traditions with the class of 2012. On this night, Damien graduates its last class of all boys, and St. Francis graduates its final all-girls class.

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