The Year In Pictures
NEWS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / NOV. 1, 2004
A flood of chairs pours out of the University of Hawaii's lnstitute for Biogenesis lobby area after flooding in Manoa causes millions of dollars in damage to the school and surrounding neighborhood. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » More than 12,000 troops from Hawaii military bases are in the Middle East, and the state's presence is only expected to grow, with about 2,500 National Guard soldiers and reservists training before they are sent overseas early next year.
2 » It is a different kind of loss that occurs in Manoa Valley on the night before Halloween when Manoa Stream, bulging with rainwater, floods homes and the University of Hawaii campus.
RICHARD WALKER / NOV. 2, 2004
Mayoral candidate Mufi Hannemann, above, is greeted by supporters after the third printout at his headquarters at Dole Cannery show him leading the race for mayor. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Mufi Hannemann wins the mayor's race over Duke Bainum by a margin of about 1,300 votes, becoming Honolulu's 12th mayor and the first of Samoan ancestry.
4 » Gov. Linda Lingle can not translate her charisma and popularity into victories for the GOP in her home state, including the presidency. Republican incumbents lose six seats in the Legislature, and Democrats override seven of the governor's 10 vetoes.
5 » University of Hawaii regents fire President Evan Dobelle "for cause" after a 12-hour meeting in June. The highly controversial decision tarnishes the university, the board and Dobelle.
BUSINESS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
GEORGE F. LEE / OCT. 31, 2004
Flanked by Gov. Linda Lingle, Vice President Dick Cheney waves to Republican Party faithful after a rousing campaign speech at a party rally at the Hawaii Convention Center. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » There seemed to be little this year that could slow down the state's booming construction industry -- but a springtime strike by the state's two main concrete companies brings projects to halt for more than a month.
2 » Sneaking in under the wire, Aloha Airlines joins its interisland competitor, Hawaiian Airlines, and numerous mainland airlines in filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
FL MORRIS / APRIL 26, 2004
The first large south swell of the summer season peaks with epic conditions as three guys take a ride in a barrel at Ala Moana Bowls. CLICK FOR LARGE
» The sun is shining brightly on the state's tourism industry, which has come out of the shadow cast by 9/11, SARS and the war with Iraq to post a record, or near-record, year.
4 » Verizon Communications takes the state by surprise in February when it discloses that talks are under way to sell its subsidiary, Verizon Hawaii. The buyer turns out to be the Carlyle Group, a politically connected Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm, which offers $1.65 billion.
5 » Norwegian Cruise Line's expansion in the state is being touted by some as one of the most significant tourist developments to hit the islands since jet travel.
SPORTS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
RICHARD WALKER / MARCH 6, 2004
University of Hawaii women's basketball coach Vince Goo waves to the crowd after his final game at Stan Sheriff Center.
1 » Bryan Clay shows that good things come in small packages when he captures the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2004 Olympics.
2 » Tim Chang sets the NCAA passing record with 17,072 career yards, and Chad Owens returns enough punts for touchdowns to be named second-team All-America by The Associated Press. Hawaii finishes with four consecutive wins, including a Hawaii Bowl victory over UAB on Christmas Eve.
3 » The Rainbow Wahine not only beats every opponent in the WAC, but nearly everyone they face. It takes a long and tiring trip to Green Bay, Wis., for the volleyball team to be vanquished in the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament.
DENNIS ODA / JAN. 15, 2004
Michelle Wie, below, tees off at sunset on the 17th hole at the Sony Open. She shoots a 68 on the second day of the tournament and misses the cut by one stroke. But she creates a sensation with her amazing play. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Kamehameha Schools wins the state football title, while Kahuku loses to Leilehua along the way. Both make for big headlines in the local prep community.
5 » Michelle Wie continues her quest to be the best young player since Tiger Woods by almost making the cut at the Sony Open in January. A birdie on the 36th hole leaves her one shot shy of doing something many thought impossible.
FEATURES » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / APRIL 18, 2004
Women take a dive to start the 2004 USA Triathlon Race to Athens. The swim portion of the event takes place at Queens Beach and covers a distance of 1,500 meters or one mile. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » If Hawaii's interest in Jasmine Trias and "American Idol" is a 10, local interest in the outcome of the Bush vs. Kerry thing is maybe a 2.5. "Idol-mania" grips Hawaii when three Hawaii residents make it to the finals, and Trias bounces back time and again to become Hawaii's last surviving contestant.
2 » A "Hawaiian Music Album" category is added to the Grammy Awards after several decades of sporadic campaigning by the local record industry.
3 » The board of directors of the Hawaii State Theatre Council waits more than four months to announce that there will be no Po'okela Awards for the 2004-05 theater season.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 24, 2004
As "Idol-mania" sweeps Hawaii, students of Maryknoll School rally at Sacred Heart church on their campus to honor fellow student Jasmine Trias, one of Hawaii's contestants on the show. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Concert promoter "Uncle Tom" Moffatt celebrates 40 years of presenting events in Blaisdell Arena with a schedule that includes the sold-out "American Idol" three-nighter in September; concerts by the Who, UB40, the triple bill of Dion, the Diamonds and Bobby Vee, "The British Invasion" with Chad & Jeremy, Gerry Marsden and Peter Noone; and "Elvis -- The Concert," a powerful multimedia event featuring the musicians who were Elvis' core band in the early '70s.
5 » A rent increase at the end of his 20-year lease and uncertainty about long-term plans for the property causes Dennis Smith to close Gussie L'Amour's, Honolulu's only rock 'n' roll roadhouse, in October.
DEAN SENSUI / FEB. 12, 2004
Preschool kids at Ewa Elementary School perform in front of the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln, marking the 60th annual celebration of the statue's donation to the Leeward District school. CLICK FOR LARGE