Donald Trump’s surprising win came during a year of many losses in the islands, including the deaths of 12 U.S. Marines and a sitting congressman.
Jan. 22: Family members grieve during memorial services for 12 U.S. Marines killed when two helicopters collided off the North Shore. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Feb. 2: The late Sen. Gil Kahele’s wife, Linda, watches as a hearse carrying the body of the Big Island legislator reaches the Capitol. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Feb. 18: Big Island resident Bill Cullum uses a gas-powered sprayer to combat mosquitoes during a dengue fever outbreak. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
March 1: Hawaiian Electric Co. President and CEO Alan Oshima is all smiles after the conclusion of 22 days of testimony by 51 witnesses regarding the utility’s proposed acquisition by Florida-based NextEra Energy. Four months later, the deal was rejected by the Public Utilities Commission. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
March 8: Hawaii Republicans overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump in the GOP caucuses. These voters cast their ballots at Kalani High School. Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat
March 20: Supporters of the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the visit of his wife, Jane, to the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu. Just days later, Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in Hawaii’s Democratic presidential preference poll. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
March 29: Congressman Mark Takai speaks enthusiastically about his plan to seek re-election during a visit with the Civil Beat Editorial Board. Two months later, he said he would not run again because his pancreatic cancer had spread. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
May 2: Confetti flies during a celebration of the arrival of the first Honolulu rail car. But construction costs continued to climb all year, raising doubts about when the project will be done, how far the route will stretch and how it will all be paid for. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
May 16: Opponents of the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea at a permit hearing before a judge appointed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
June 5: During its three-year, around-the-world cruise, the double-hulled voyaging canoe Hokulea docks at Manhattan’s North Cove Pier as Native American groups sing to greet the crew. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
June 7: Honolulu Ethics Commission Director Chuck Totto clears out his office during one of his final days on the job. Commission members forced him out after ongoing quarrels between Totto and the administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat
July 30: U.S. Marines storm Pyramid Rock Beach on the Winward Shore in amphibious assault training during the Rim of the Pacific exercises that included 22 nations. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Aug. 4: In a scene that would play out only a few more times, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. workers set a sugar cane field ablaze on Maui. The company announced in January that it was going to shut down its Maui operation, heralding the end of an era in the islands. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Aug. 4: A driver exits a huge truck called a “Tournahauler” filled with sugar cane stalks at the Maui mill, which shut down for good in December. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Aug. 18: The late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai’s casket rests in the Capitol Rotunda as his wife, Sami, greets Gov. David Ige during a memorial service. After serving 20 years in the state House of Representatives, Takai, 49, was unable to complete his first full term in Congress. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Sept. 7: Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha at a Police Commission meeting. He was dogged all year by reports that he and other officers were targets of a federal corruption investigation. In December, after he was notified that he was a crime suspect, Kealoha went on paid leave. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Nov. 8: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell exults with City Councilman Ikaika Anderson as election night results show Caldwell winning his re-election bid. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Nov. 8: The festive mood at the election night headquarters of the Democratic mayor grew more subdued as news spread that Republican Donald Trump had been elected president. A Caldwell supporter reacts as the result is announced on television. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Nov. 8: Trump supporters at the Irons Table + Tavern in Honolulu seem happily surprised at they learn that their candidate has won. Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat
Dec. 3: A number of Hawaii residents joined the thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, including Michael Kyser Jr., left, and Leomana Turalde. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Dec. 27: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama meet at Pearl Harbor, where Abe expressed his “sincere and everlasting condolences” for the deadly attack by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Dec. 27: President Obama and Prime Minister Abe talk with U.S. veterans who survived the attack. Very few are still alive. Cory Lum/Civil Beat
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