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With only five students, the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts is founded and opens at Thomas Square. It is renamed the College of Hawai'i and later known as the University of Hawai'i.

Fort Shafter becomes the first permanent post in the Territory of Hawai'i for federal troops.

Alakea wharf completed.

Mid-Pacific Institute opens its doors.


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Walter Frear appointed governor by President Theodore Roosevelt.

George Freeth invited to California to demonstrate surfing; Jack London dubs him "a brown Mercury."


Hawaiian Pineapple Company produces its first pack of pineapples at Iwilei. Read More.

Sugar plantations turn out banner crop, producing 440,017 tons of sugar.

Passage of Gentlemen's Agreement Act prohibits laborers from leaving Hawai'i and migrating to the U.S. mainland.

One hundred fifty Filipino recruits arrive to work on Hawai'i plantations.

Waianae Lime Company erects double kiln in Iwilei capable of producing 200 barrels of lime every 24 hours. Lime rock from Lualualei, Waianae supplies the venture.

To supply local needs, Love's Bakery expands and installs new biscuit, cracker and fancy cake machinery as well as a modern Ferris-wheel oven for bread.

Interest in growing rubber trees increases and the Hawaiian Rubber Growers' Association forms on Maui.

$18,587,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $29,302,000.


Mediterranean fruit fly reaches Hawai'i from Australia and quickly becomes a notorious hazard to self-pulped fruits.

Eruption takes place on flanks of Mauna Loa, preceded by numerous earthquakes.


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Jack London and his wife travel to Hawai'i for the first time. Read More.

Jack London publishes article titled "A Royal Sport: Surfing at Waikiki," introducing the sport to a wide American reading audience.

Ancient sport of surfing revived by George Freeth.

Members of 24 Korean organizations meet in Honolulu and form Hapsong Hyop-hoi (United Federation), the first group to include all Korean organizations in the Islands. Operating out of 47 branch offices, Hapsong Hyop-hoi membership totals 1,051.


International Boy Scouts born in England.

Cubism ushered in with Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

England's Lusitania takes maiden voyage.

First canned tuna fish available.

Immigrant flow into United States hits peak.

Fortune cookies invented in San Francisco.


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