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Fred Beckley and Pele & Lohiau operetta
By Monica

"Thank you again for recognizing another Beckley family member (I posted earlier for the year 1816 on Captain George Beckley and the Hawaiian Flag). This very accomplished man, Frederick William Kahapula Beckley, Jr., is the brother of my great-grandmother and the great-grandson of Captain Beckley. Writing the first Hawaiian operetta is just one of the many things that my great-grand uncle is remembered for. He is known in Hawaiian academic circles as Professor Fred Beckley (he received his doctorate at Heidelberg University in Germany), and he served as the first Chairman of the Hawaiian Studies Department at the University of Hawaii. He was also a member of the first graduating class of The Kamehameha Schools (c/o 1891, 14 graduates total), along with noted composer Charles E. King. Beckley was particularly well versed in the ancient study of kaona or hidden meanings in the Hawaiian language. I would love to see this operetta revived and performed again one day. Mahalo!"
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Life in Hawai‘i Business & Economy Arts & Science World Events

Five Army Air Corps airplanes land as use of island facilities for occasional military exercises expands.

Fronk-Wynn Clinic founded in Honolulu.

Territorial legislature establishes the Honolulu Sewer and Water Commission.

First elected female serves in Hawai'i legislature.

New library building completed on University of Hawai'i campus.

Kawaiaha'o Church closed for safety reasons when all interior woodwork found to be honeycombed by white ants and borers.





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Bank of Bishop and Company building completed, later known as Bishop National Bank.

$83,754,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $104,625,000.

Seaside Hotel begins construction in Waikiki.

English section added to Japanese language newspaper Hawai`i Hochi.


First flight from San Francisco to Hawai'i undertaken in an Army plane, but it runs out of fuel.

Radium used to treat leprosy at Kalihi Leper Receiving Hospital.

Five million trout eggs introduced from Japan into island freshwater streams.

Earliest written local operetta, Pele and Lohiau by Fred Beckley, performed at the Hawai`i Theatre.

Korean Episcopal Church completes construction of new church building.

Cooke Art Museum project begins (later becoming Honolulu Academy of Arts).

Visiting performers include pianist Fritz Kreisler and violinists Zacharewitsch and Jules Falk.


F. Scott Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby.

Scopes trial debates Darwin's theory of evolution.

Hitler writes Mein Kampf.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership reaches its peak.


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