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Massie rape case ends.

First report of marijuana in the Islands submitted.

First recorded oil spill takes place off Moloka`i with the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company.

Clarence "Buster" Crabbe wins the 400-meter freestyle at the Los Angeles Olympics.

New Roosevelt High School dedicated.

Republican Fred Wright narrowly wins Honolulu mayoral election over John Wilson.

Charles Henry Atherton House dedicated; the building provides a new men's dormitory and YMCA for University of Hawai`i students.


First commercial radio telephone service connects Honolulu and London.

National and Pacific Foreign Trade Convention held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel hosts 40 delegates from around the country.

$63,630,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $83,448,000.

First inter-island sightseeing tours by air link with automobile trips on each of the major islands.

Labor organizer Pablo Manlapit returns to Hawai`i from California and works with Manuel Fagel and Epifanio Taok to rebuild the Filipino Labor Union.

Due to the Depression, sugar industry returns 7,200 workers to the Philippines at industry expense.


Bufo Marinus, a large insect-eating toad, imported to control centipedes, scorpions, and other insects.

The Pineapple Research Institute formed to carry on scientific programs to aid the industry.

Renewed activity in Halemaumau pit, Kilauea volcano. Over 30,000 visitors watch the spectacle of fire fountains rising from the crater floor, some shooting as high as 300 feet.

Makiki Christian Church built. Designed by Honolulu architectural engineer Hego Fuchino, the design is inspired by Japan's Himeji Castle.

Dolores Del Rio stars in Bird of Paradise, set and filmed in Hawai`i.


Franklin Roosevelt elected president.

Aldous Huxley writes Brave New World.

Lindbergh baby kidnapped.


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