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First automobile traffic fatality.


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Territorial Archives Building is first building in the U.S. erected solely for the preservation of public archives.

First sunrise prayer services on Punchbowl occurs.

First run of the Transpac Yacht Race occurs, with only three vessels sailing from California to Honolulu.


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Oahu Country Club formed.


Dole cannery becomes world's largest fruit cannery.

Hawaiian Pineapple Company builds new cannery at Iwilei, Honolulu.


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Albert J. Judd brings first contingent of 15 Filipinos to Hawai'i. He gives them a tour of plantation working and living conditions and sends them back to the Philippines to spread the "good word." Between 1907 and 1931, nearly 120,000 Filipinos come to work in the Islands. Read More.

Honolulu Seaside Hotel, a conglomeration of cottages and tent structures, opens its doors.

$15,312,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $26,939,000.

A strike at Waipahu Sugar Company wins wide press coverage due to its proximity to Honolulu.


First section of Kohala Ditch opens to deliver water to five plantations on the northern end of the Big Island.

Wahiawa Reservoir (Lake Wilson) built. As Oahu's deepest reservoir, its spillway includes one of the largest engineered waterfalls in Hawai'i.

First movie theatre - Joel C. Cohen's Orpheum - opens on Fort Street.

Korean Chinmok-hoi, or Friendship Society, changes name to Chunghung-hoi, or Forward Prosperity Society. The organization promotes Korean solidarity and anti-Japanese actions.


First radio program broadcast.

San Francisco earthquake kills more than 1,000 people.

Playwright Henrik Ibsen dies.

First cartoon utilizing animation debuts.

Alfred Dreyfus found not guilty of treason in France.


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