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First meeting of the territorial legislature fixes the rate of income tax.

Hawaii's first water polo games organized by Dan Renear of the Healani Boat Club.

Hawai`i Yacht Club formed.

Governor Dole formally opens Honolulu Rapid Transit.

Puerto Rican population in the Islands stands at 5,200.

Puuloa Church dedicated.


James P. Dole organizes the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

The Moana Hotel opens. Among its amenities is the first beachboy concession, offering instruction and surf equipment to guests.

First black contract laborers arrive, most destined for Maui plantations.

Primo beer starts production.

Five Korean laborers imported to Hawai'i. One is Chang Sung-pong who later works for many years for Honolulu's circuit court and police department as an interpreter.

HSPA recruits Puerto Rican workers; 4,805 men and boys arrive in Hawai'i over the span of the year. By June, there are 1,772 men and 623 women working on 40 plantations on O'ahu, Maui, Hawai'i and Kaua'i.

Nahiku plantation abandoned.

Hawai'i exports $28,023,000 worth of goods.


First radio communication among the islands established.

Motorcycles first brought to Hawai'i.

Belgian hares found in Hawai'i.

Electric streetcars replace horse-drawn transport in Honolulu.

First electric automobiles from the Hawaiian Automobile Company sent out for a trial spin.

Board of Health petitions the Legislature to pass quarantine regulations covering tuberculosis.

Earliest known recordings of Hawaiian music are listed in a Columbia Records catalog: "Aloha 'Oe" and "Pua Kaoakalani."

Bureau of Immigration records first official Korean immigrant as Peter Ryu, arriving in Hawai'i via Japanese ship Hongkong Maru.


Queen Victoria of England dies.

Marconi begins transatlantic wireless telegraphy.

King Gillette's safety razor goes on sale.

Instant coffee invented.


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