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.
In 1967, Richard Boone (with Vera Miles, Joan Blondell, Kent Smith, Duane Eddy and a bunch of folks from Kona) filmed ‘Kona Coast,’ a pilot that he hoped CBS would adopt as a series. (Instead, CBS chose Hawaii Five-O.) (It was released in 1968 – with its premier in the Kona Theater.)
“Kona Coast” was an adventure story about a Honolulu charter-boat captain (‘Sam Moran,’ played by Boone) who leads fishing expeditions and later hunts down the man responsible for his daughter’s death. It did not receive favorable reviews; “… most of Kona Coast utilizes actual locations and this is the film’s single greatest asset.”
On June 8, in the Islands, the then greatest number of fatalities from a single fire occurred in Kalihi in 1944. On that fateful day, two Army medium B-25 bombers collided in midair and plunged into a congested residential area, setting fire to 11 or 12 dwellings.
Ten women and children perished in the burning buildings; all four crewmen died in the crash. “All the city’s fire fighting equipment was called out. The fires blocked traffic for nearly four hours.”