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American submarine Skate sinks near Honolulu Harbor with the loss of all the crew.

Motor bus traffic begins between Honolulu and Schofield Barracks to meet the transportation needs of the Army community.


Honolulu Rapid Transit Company begins bus service.

Basic work contract for Filipino laborers changes to include free transportation back to Manila after completion of the agreement's terms.

Island farmers ship 280,000 bunches of bananas to San Francisco, the largest shipment ever.

$30,721,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $62,465,000.

Pineapple becomes second industry in revenues behind sugar.


City of Honolulu introduces the first water meters to cut water consumption.

Footlights Club gives first public performance. It is the predecessor of the Honolulu Community Theatre.

Edward Kane (E.K.) Fernandez organizes his first circus with 20 performers and six animals including a skating bear. In coming years, his shows and carnivals tour the Islands as well as Asia, Canada and the mainland United States.

Hawai`i sends a delegation to the International Exposition in San Francisco to take images of swaying hulas and Diamond Head to a national audience. Henry Kailimai plays "On the Beach at Waikiki" on his `ukulele accompanied by hula dancers.


Einstein publishes general theory of relativity.

D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation premieres.

Gas mask invented.

W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage published.


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