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Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe is Hawaii's lone medallist at the Amersterdam Olympics, winning a bronze in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

Myles Fukunaga murders ten-year old Gill Jamieson spurring a gigantic manhunt on O'ahu. The trial sets off accusations of white racism and illustrates a dual system of justice in Hawai'i.

Chain of Craters road completed in the volcano area of Hawai'i Island.

Federal government mints 50-cent silver coin to commemorate Cook Sesquicentennial.

Hulihe'e Palace in Kona restored and dedicated as a museum.


Waialeale begins inter-island steamer service to Kaua'i.

Malolo brings delegates from Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and other Pacific Northwest cities to look at business and commercial opportunities in Hawai'i.

New industry produces paper and board (called Celotex) from bagasse, a sugar mill waste product.

$74,977,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i from the United States. Total imports equal $88,124,000 while exports stand at $119,480,000.

Ke Alakai o Hawai`i (Hawaii's Guide) begins weekly publication in Hawaiian.



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First complete crossing of the Pacific by air achieved when Charles Kingsford-Smith and a crew of three fly from Oakland, California to Australia by way of Hawai'i and Fiji.

Introduced songbirds in the Islands include African ring doves, Mexican mockingbirds, Peking nightingales, meadow larks, Peewee larks, Willy Wagtails, and Yamagara.

First hit song composed in Hawai'i for a Broadway musical comedy is Noel Coward's "A Room With a View," included in This Year of Grace.

O'ahu-born artist Isami Doi returns to Hawai'i from New York for his first one-man show.

Visiting performers include Russian violinist Peter Meremblum, pianists Madalah Masson and Theodora Ryder and English opera singer Dawn Assheton.

Arthur Brooke of the Boston Symphony arrives in Honolulu to lead the Symphony Society.

Sunshine begins monthly publication featuring fiction and general interest articles.


Penicillin discovered.

First reclining chair invented, called the La-Z-Boy.

Josef Stalin gains control of the Soviet Union.

Maurice Ravel composes Bolero.

Mickey Mouse debuts in Steamboat Willie.

Margaret Mead publishes Coming of Age in Samoa.


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