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The Natatorium War Memorial opens its doors to the public by hosting the AAU National Outdoor Swimming Championships. Read More.

Maryknoll Elementary School established.

Hawaii's first territorial airport - John Rogers - dedicated. It is now Honolulu International Airport.

Lunalilo Home moves location to Hawai`i Kai, taking over the former dormitory for workers and officers of the Marconi Wireless Company.

Eleven die in the Dole air derby between Oakland and Hawai'i, billed as the "first trans-oceanic flight race in history." Only two planes out of more than 24 entered make it to the finish line. Art Goebel wins the Derby, crossing the Pacific in his plane Woolaroc in 26 hours, 17 minutes. He's greeted by 20,000 people at Wheeler Field.

Billboards outlawed.

Construction begins on a paved road to the head of Waimea Canyon on Kaua'i.

Theodore Richards buys 35 acres in Kaneohe to found community project called Kokokahi (one blood).


Royal Hawaiian Hotel built with plans to cater to cruise-liners. Read More.

SS Malolo, first of Matson's great luxury liners, arrives in Honolulu. Read More.

First drive-in restaurant, KC Drive Inn, opens at corner of Kalakaua and Ala Wai.

$88,802,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $111,504,000.


Two Army lieutenants, Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger, make first successful nonstop flight from the mainland to Hawai'i in the plane Bird of Paradise.

Vigorous eruptions take place at Halema'uma'u.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts opens as the first art museum in Hawai'i. Read More.

First Filipino graduate of the University of Hawai'i, Fortunato Teho, earns a degree in Sugar Technology.

Performers visiting the Islands include the pianists Paderewsky, Ignaz Friedman and Benno Moiseiwitsch and violinst Jascha Heifetz.

Centennial of the Catholic mission in the Islands marked with a pageant and parade.

Hula - filmed in Hawai`i - premiers starring Clara Bow.


Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic.

Overseas radio-telephone service introduced.

The movie industry's first talkie, The Jazz Singer, premieres.

Ford introduces the Model A.

Iron lung invented.


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