This week in history: May 29-June 4

This week in history: May 29-June 4
Mauna Loa erupts (Image: USGS)
Mauna Loa erupts (Image: USGS)
Kilauea erupts (Image: USGS)
Kilauea erupts (Image: USGS)
Wallace Farrington is appointed governor of Hawaii
Wallace Farrington is appointed governor of Hawaii
NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka is laid to rest (Image: NASA)
NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka is laid to rest (Image: NASA)

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

MAY 29

The movie filmed in Hawaii has all the makings of a box office hit including an all-star cast of Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin. But it flops before it even opens in theaters due to widespread criticism that it is insensitive to Asian-Americans and Hawaiians.

Director Cameron Crowe later apologizes for casting Emma Stone as a part-Chinese, part-Hawaiian character.

MAY 30

1962:  The Arizona Memorial is dedicated at Pearl Harbor

The Arizona Memorial is formally dedicated on Memorial Day by the Chairman of Veterans Affairs Ollin Teague and Gov. John Burns.

2002:  Harris drops out of the race for governor

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris announces he is pulling out of the race for governor, saying he doesn't believe he can win. Harris has two more years on his term as mayor.

As a result of his stunning announcement, Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono immediately announces she is no longer running for mayor and is instead running for governor.

MAY 31

1954:  Kilauea erupts in spectacular fashion, thousands flock to see 500-foot lava fountains


1916:  Plans for a park on Tantalus announced

1950:  Mauna Loa erupts, forcing many residents to evacuate

"On the night of June 1, 1950, after many residents of Ho`okena-mauka village in South Kona had already gone to bed, Mauna Loa began to erupt. Soon the roar of the lava fountains could be heard from Highway 11, 24 km (15 mi) away, as molten lava poured from fissures high on the volcano's southwest rift zone. In only three hours, an `a`a flow reached the highway and invaded the village. The streets were lit by flames as lava consumed several houses and the post office. Thirty-five minutes later, the flow entered the ocean. By daybreak, lava flows had crossed Highway 11 in two places, cutting off the only escape route. The villagers all reached safety unharmed, but for some it was a close call." –Excerpt from USGS Volcano Watch

1977:  Operation Destroy begins on Maui and Kauai

In its first day, National Guardsmen and police in helicopters find and are able to uproot $2 million in marijuana plants – some ten feet tall. Operation Destroy is a days-long effort to rid the islands of the plants just before harvest season.


1921:  President Harding appoints Wallace Farrington governor of Hawaii

Killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in January, NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka, from Kealakekua, is laid to rest at Punchbowl. His funeral is televised live across the state.

2013:  Sears at Ala Moana Center closes its doors

One of Ala Moana Center's original tenants closes its doors for good. The Sears at this location opened in 1959 and will be replaced with Hawaii's first Bloomingdale's.


2008:  Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination for president

The Punahou High School graduate is closer to becoming President of the United States, clinching the Democratic nomination on this night.


1976:  Hokulea reaches Tahiti on the canoe's first voyage

Nearly 20,000 people show up to watch Hokulea, guided only by the sea and the stars all the way from Hawaii, as she pulls into port.

1995:  Father Damien is beatified in Belgium

Hawaii's Father Damien is beatified by Pope John Paul II in a ceremony in at the Basillica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels.

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