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Duke Kahanamoku is Hawaii's first Olympic champion, winning a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle at Stockholm Olympics. Read More.


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Lana'i has only one grass house left on the island.

Outdoor Circle formed.

Cornerstone laid for College of Hawai`i in Manoa.

Horse racing in Kapi'olani Park revived on September 2, Lili'uokalani's birthday.

Alice Mackintosh memorial bell tower completed at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

Wailuku Union Curch completed.


A.W. Carter, trustee for Thelma Parker Smart, buys the late Sam Norris' 180,000-acre Kahuku ranch for $90,000.

Agricultural products include Irish potatoes grown on Maui and O'ahu and Big Island's cabbage, cauliflower and celery.

Inter-island travel stops when Inter-Island Navigation Company workers go on strike; their demands are met after four days.

Hawai'i exports $53,989,000 worth of goods to the United States. Total exports are $55,449,000 while imports come to $30,251,000.

Frederick Makino founds Hawai`i Hochi, a local Japanese language newspaper.


First attempts at air conditioning made at the Hawaiian Opera House when electric fans are placed behind large tubs filled with blocks of ice to blow cool air towards the audience.

Seventeen pheasants of three varieties arrive in the Islands from Canada and California brought by W.C. Weedon.

The Broadway show Bird of Paradise helps introduce Hawaiian music to mainland audiences.


Cellophane patented.

Titantic sinks.

Carl Jung publishes Psychology of the Unconscious.

Universal Pictures founded.

First parachutist drops from an airplane.


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