Today’s ‘Timeline Tuesday’ takes us through the 1960s – first homes in Hawai‘i Kai, Land Use Commission formed, visitors to Hawai‘I hit 1-million and Hawai‘i Five-O debuts. We look at what was happening in Hawai‘i during this time period and what else was happening around the rest of the world.
President Dwight D Eisenhower had approved the creation of Arizona Memorial in 1958. $500,000 was needed for its construction. The public law stipulated that the monument would be built without federal funding. Several organizations and individuals helped in the effort to raise the required amount. In 1958, the Territory of Hawaii contributed the initial $50,000. It needed more money. Colonel Tom Parker offered a benefit concert with Elvis.
Parker came to Hawai‘i and set up the show and stipulated that every cent would go toward the War Memorial fund. March 25, 1961, during his hour on stage, Elvis sang 15 songs. Appearing along with Elvis were Minnie Pearl, The Jordanaires and DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore, two members of Elvis’ original backing band. Sterling Mossman, a local Hawaiian comedian, also served as master of ceremonies and performed. “It was a crackjack show, a sellout, and the biggest single gate in the history of show business in Hawai‘i.”
The first ‘Arizona’ was an iron-hulled, side-wheel steamer completed in 1859; the second Arizona launched in 1865 and named the Neshaminy, her name was changed to Arizona on May 15, 1869. The keel of the third ‘Arizona’ (Battleship No. 39) was laid on the morning of March 16, 1914 with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt in attendance. She was commissioned on October 17, 1916, and went on a shakedown cruise.
Arizona carried twelve 14-inch guns in triple gun turrets. She had a history of serving as flag ship for different Admirals across different oceans (the flag ship carries the commander of a group of ships.) For the next decade and a half, Arizona served as flagship for Battleship Divisions 2, 3 or 4. On December 7, 1941, Arizona’s air raid alarm went off about 7:55 and the ship went to general quarters. Shortly after 08:00, the ship was attacked. The last bomb hit at 08:06 in the vicinity of Turret II.
When whaling was strong in the Pacific (starting in 1819 and running to 1859,) Hawaiʻi’s central location between America and Japan whaling grounds brought many whaling ships to the Islands. Whalers needed food and the islands supplied this need from its fertile lands. In those days, European and East Coast continental commerce needed to […]