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KGU launches a weekly NBC radio series and later becomes an official NBC allied station.

Maryknoll High School established.


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Territorial Normal School merges with School of Education at the University of Hawai`i to create a teacher's college.

Notorious "Massie Case" makes national headlines, in which Thalia Massie claims rape by five "local boys." Read More.

Foreign visitors to the Islands include Prince and Princess Takamatsu of Japan and the Maharaja of Jind from India.


$86,957,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $102,738,000.

Wharf and harbor work in the Islands costs $797,000. Piers 13 and 14 in Honolulu boast the best harbor construction work anywhere.


Radiotelephone service between the mainland and Hawai`i as well as interisland service begins.

Mockingbirds first released on O`ahu.

Army glider plane designed by Lt. W.A. Cocke Jr. flies successfully at Kaneohe experimental grounds. Large crowds gathered at the Pali watch the 16 1/2 hour flight piloted by Lt. John C. Crain.

Lighthouse at Nawiliwili, Kauai's new harbor, beams at 1,280,000 candle power, one of the most powerful in the Islands.

Richard Adap, first Filipino schoolteacher in Hawai`i, begins his career at the public school in Hana, Maui.

Koreans on Kaua`i organize Dan Hap-hoi (United Society) to mark the anniversary of the Korean Declaration of Independence (March 1, 1919).

Lyman House Memorial opens as a museum in Hilo, featuring relics of early missionary days.


Spain declared a republic.

Japan occupies Manchuria.

Pearl Buck publishes The Good Earth.

Martha Graham performs Primitive Mysteries.


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