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The Boy's Work Committee of Honolulu YMCA forms the first Boy Scout Troop in Hawai'i.

Cutter Thetis captures 23 bird poachers on Laysan Island with 259,000 bird wings bearing plumage valued at $112,000. The poachers are brought to Honolulu for trial.

The steamer Wilhelmina begins its run as a Matson Line passenger ship between Honolulu and the Pacific Coast.


The Big Five - Alexander & Baldwin, Amfac, Castle & Cooke, C. Brewer and Theo Davies - control 75% of the sugar crop.

On Yong begins growing pineapple in Wahiawa. He later sells his holdings to California Packing Company for $350,000.

Spreckels & Company's bank changes its name to Bank of Honolulu.

$25,166,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $46,490,000.


Honolulu becomes one of the first cities in the world to have dial telephone service.

First airplane flight in Hawai'i takes place at Moanalua Polo Field.

Built largely in response to the approaching Halley's comet, Hawaii's first astronomical observatory opens at the College of Hawaii.

Nu`uanu Reservoir No. 4 built to supplement earlier lower elevation reservoirs. Prompted by a growing Honolulu, the reservoir provides the added water pressure needed to reach higher stories in buildings.

Tuberculosis bureau established.

People of Japanese ancestry form the largest ethnic group in Hawai'i.

Puerto Ricans in the Islands number 4,890.

Census counts 4,500 Koreans in Hawai'i.


Neon lights invented by French chemist Georges Claude.

Halley's Comet appears in Earth's sky.

Wassily Kandinsky paints first purely abstract work, Improvisation XIV.

Leo Tolstoy and Mark Twain die.

Japan annexes Korea.


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