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Island paniolo Ikua Purdy wins world steer-roping championship in Cheynne, Wyoming.

Congress decides to establish a naval base at Pearl Harbor.

City and County of Honolulu formed; Joseph Fern is first mayor.

The Great White Fleet of President Theodore Roosevelt visits the Islands en route around the world to show the American flag.

Cornerstone of McKinley High School laid.


Contract work begins on $410,000 of improvements to Honolulu harbor.

W.O. Aiken of Paia reconstructs rest house at Haleakala for tourists and sightseers.

Hawaiian Pineapple Growers' Association organized "to secure greater economy and improvement in the methods of cultivating, packing, transportation and marketing of pineapples and the products thereof." The Association begins a campaign to popularize use of the fruit.

$19,721,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $42,238,000.

Bureau of Labor and Statistics established.


A Vortex Cyclone tracked in the North Pacific.

Over 1,000 plant seeds brought from Mexico by George Ewart to raise "mocha" coffee at experimental grounds of the Board of Agriculture and Forestry.

Island of Hawai'i experiences heaviest earthquake shock in many years; a slight tidal wave and tremor are experienced in Honolulu about the same time.

Outrigger Canoe Club founded to "make Waikiki always the Home of the Surfer."

St. Andrew's Cathedral enlarged by addition of two bays.


Geiger counter invented to measure radiation.

Gideon Bibles first appear in hotel rooms.

The Christian Science Monitor begins publication.


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