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Boxing legalized in the Territory of Hawai'i.

The territorial legislature establishes the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, replacing the Sewer and Water Commission. Engineer Fred Ohrt is the first Board Manager.


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Lawrence Judd appointed governor by President Hoover.

New Honolulu city hall completed.

Dillingham Hall auditorium built on Punahou campus.

National AAU women's swimming meet held at Waikiki.

Cornerstone laid for new Kapi'olani Maternity Home.

Hilo breakwater completed.


Hualalai and Humuula join fleet of inter-island passenger steamers.

Scheduled operation of Inter-Island Airways, Ltd. (now Hawaiian Airlines) begins.

Benjamin F. Dillingham Transportation Building completed. Other new buildings completed for the Advertiser at South Street and for C. Brewer & Company at the corner of Fort and Queen Streets.

$92,703,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $108,439,000.


Kentucky (or Virginia) cardinal released in the Islands between 1929 and 1931.

The Hawaiian blind snake, a tiny wormlike creature, arrives in soil surrounding plants brought from the Philippines to landscape the Kamehameha School grounds.

Frequent and severe earthquakes rock Kona district of Hawai'i.

New project hatches nene goslings in captivity at game farm at Mokapu, O'ahu.

Lei Day first observed. Read More.

First regular showing of sound films begins in Hawai`i Theater.

Historic markers placed at Polihale and Malae heiau on Kaua'i, at Pu'ukohola heiau on Hawai'i at Kawaihae, at the 'Iao Valley battleground where Kamehameha fought Maui's forces, and at Ka'ahumanu's birthplace in Hana, Maui.


Stock market crashes.

First Academy Awards presented.

William Faulkner writes The Sound and the Fury.

Al Capone orchestrates the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago.

Richard Byrd flies over Antarctica.


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