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Federal Building in Honolulu opens.

Washington Place opens as the executive mansion of territorial governors.

Lucius Pinkham, former governor of Hawai'i, dies.

Prince Kuhio dies; H.A. Baldwin elected to fill out Kuhio's unexpired term as delegate to Congress.

He`eia section of Kamehameha Highway completed on O'ahu.

Palama Settlement buys eight-acre tract on which to group their activities.

The engine and 28 cars of a fruit train derail at Waikakalaua gulch on the Wahiawa-Schofield line of Oahu Railway in the worst train wreck to date. The engineer, conductor and fireman are killed.

Mrs. Albert Wilcox donates $75,000 for public library at Lihue, Kaua'i.


Hawaiian Pineapple Company purchases the entire island of Lana'i.

Draft animals imported by Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

New Mala wharf completed in Lahaina.

Ground broken for new Castle & Cooke building at the corner of Merchant and Bishop Streets.

Chinese-owned Liberty Bank Ltd. opens.

$61,083,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $74,689,000.


First barred doves come to the Islands from Malaysia.

Dr. Marie Faus becomes the first female intern at Queen's Hospital.

Maui Agricultural Company installs largest high-lift pump in the Islands. A steam turbine of 12 million gallon capacity pumps water to 751-foot height.

Two radio stations in Honolulu transmit their first broadcasts. KGU, owned by the Honolulu Advertiser and KDYX owned by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, both first broadcast on May 11, 1922.

Hawai`i Theater opens downtown. States and Princess theaters and Kaimuki Playhouse completed.

Takeo Ozawa challenges U.S. Naturalization laws claiming he is "white" by American cultural standards. The Supreme Court finds Ozawa and other Issei (first-generation Japanese) still non-white and ineligible for American citizenship.

London String Quartet performs in Honolulu.

Tandy MacKenzie - lyric tenor from Hawai'i - returns from studies and gives three concerts.

Japanese diva Tamaki Miura gives two concerts.

Contest for Hawai'i War Memorial design awarded to Louis Hobart of San Francisco.


Tomb of Tutankhamen discovered in Egypt.

Mussolini comes to power in Italy.

James Joyce's Ulysses published in Paris.

Union of Socialist Republics (USSR) established.

T.S. Eliot publishes The Waste Land.


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