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Lili'uokalani dies.

U.S. enters World War I, declaring war against Germany, and the Hawaiian National Guard is mobilized for active service.

First girl scout troop established.

German refugee vessels - merchant ships stranded at the outbreak of war - found damaged under suspicious circumstances while docked in Honolulu.

Ka'iulani's former home Ainahau - given to the Territory for a memorial park - is sold and subdivided into residential lots.

Large water reservoir constructed at foot of Kolekole Pass provides water for Schofield Barracks.

Joseph Poindexter, future governor of Hawai'i, arrives in the Islands as a President Wilson appointee to a U.S. District judgeship.

Oren Long, future governor of Hawai'i, takes position as social worker at Waiakea Settlement in Hilo.



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Halekulani Hotel opens.

Captain William Matson dies, his shipping fleet now comprising 14 of the largest, fastest and most modern ships providing freight service in the Pacific.

War Relief and Red Cross fund raise $233,291.

YMCA buys Hawaiian Hotel with plans to convert it to a new Army and Navy YMCA headquarters.

Island of Lana'i sold to F.F. and H.A. Baldwin for cattle ranching.

Anthrax breaks out among cow herds on Kaua'i, O'ahu and Maui.

$50,813,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $74,098,000.

Ola'a Sugar Company uses sugar bagasse in new paper-making process, producing paper for its own plantation needs.


W.A. Bryan names the Nihoa Finch, a honeycreeper, "ultima" because he thinks it will be the last endemic Hawaiian bird discovered but another is found in 1923. The Nihoa Finch closely resembles the Laysan Finch in color but is smaller in all dimensions.

Sir Ernest Shackleton visits and delivers lecture on his rescue work in the Antarctic.

Pearl Harbor Radio Station formally opens with direct message exchanged with Sayville, Long Island.

Baldwin Memorial Church in Paia, Maui completed, designed by architect C.W. Dickey.

Opera House demolished in Honolulu to make way for new federal building.

Rabindranath Tagore, Hindu poet, visits Honolulu.

Visiting musicians include pianists Tina Lerner and Katherine Goodson, Russian violinist Max Selinsky and coloratura singer Ellen Beach Yaw.

Hawaiian Society of Artists exhibits at Pan-Pacific Pavilion.


U.S. enters World War I.

Pulitzer Prize established by Joseph Pulitzer.

Russian Revolution puts Bolshevik Party in power and creates the first Communist state.

Argentina's tango gains worldwide popularity.


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