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Pearl Harbor naval station opens. Read More.

Charles McCarthy appointed governor by President Wilson.


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Visitors to the Islands include Prince of Wales, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Franklin L. Lane, Australian Premier Sir Joseph Ward and New Zealand Premier W.H. Massey.

President Wilson declares O'ahu a dry zone as a war measure. Congress later establishes full prohibition for the Territory for the duration of the war.

Federal government acquires Ford Island (334 acres) for military purposes.


Theresa Wilcox Belliveau and James Kealoha found guilty of trying to win part of Lili'uokalani's estate through a forged will document.

Kaho'olawe leased to Angus MacPhee who then forms Kaho'olawe Ranch Company. Read More.

$50,454,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $80,947,000.


Five-foot tidal wave hits Hilo but does little material damage.

First inter-island round trip flight, between Honolulu and Moloka'i.

Mark Grace of the Sixth Aero Squadron is Hawaii's first airplane casualty.

Honpa Hongwanji Temple built in Honolulu to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of the Buddhist sect. It is the first Buddhist temple in the world constructed of reinforced concrete.

Korean Girls' Seminary run by Dr. Syngman Rhee changes its name to Korean Christian Institute.


First Kelvinator home refrigerator appears on commercial market.

First Tarzan film made based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' book.

Max Planck awarded the Nobel Prize for revolutionary Quantum Theory of physics.

Spanish influenza kills at least 20 million worldwide.


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