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Women in Hawai'i win the right to vote.

Island visitors include the Prince of Wales, Prince Mahidol (brother to the King of Siam) and crown Prince Carol of Rumania.

Federal Bureau of Education survey of Island schools pressures the territorial government into segregating the public school system on the basis of English usage.

Hawai'i swimmers Duke Kanahanamoku, Warren and Pua Kealoha, Bill Harris and F.K. Kahele place in competition at the Olympic Games at Antwerp, Belgium. Kahanamoku and Pua Kealoha win gold medals as members of the U.S. 800-meter relay team. Warren Kealoha wins gold in the 100-meter backstroke and at 16 is the youngest male gold medallist in Olympic swim history.

College of Hawai`i becomes the University of Hawaii.


Japanese Labor Federation forms to demand improvements from HSPA (Hawai`i Suguar Planters' Association).

$86,337,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $195,821,000.

A strike by Japanese and Filipino laborers fails but signals the first interethnic cooperation between different labor groups.

Contracts for Filipino laborers now provide the worker and his family passage from the Philippines to the Hawai'i plantation and back again after the completion of 720 work days within a three-year period.

Hawaii's first and only train robbery occurs when a masked gunman stops a slow moving train of the Kekaha Sugar Company Ltd., near Mana, Kaua'i and escapes with the locomotive and $10,000.

Five major hotels now operate in Waikiki: the Moana, Seaside, Halekulani, Pierpoint and Waikiki Inn.


Celebrations mark the centennial of missionary arrivals in the Islands.

Earliest broadcast of music and speech transmitted from the Electric Shop in Honolulu to the Pacific Heights home of a local family.

Pan-Pacific Scientific conference forms to promote exploration and investigation throughout Polynesia.

Fifty-thousand trout eggs introduced to Kaua'i rivers for sport fishing.

Large lava lakes in Halema'uma'u crater at Kilauea produce violent fountains.

Puerto Ricans in the Islands number 5,602.


Nineteenth Amendment gives women in the U.S. the right to vote.

American Prohibition legislated.

League of Nations formulated.

Agatha Christie introduces Hercule Poirot in her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

First International Dada Fair held in Berlin.


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