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O`ahu resident Tom Blake invents windsurfing, a sport combining elements of sailing, surfing, water-skiing and hang gliding.

Young Islanders - primarily Native Hawaiians - occupy the Line Islands for seven years as part of the U.S. Equatorial Colonization Project, securing strategic locations for U.S. military expansion.

Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives finds Hawai`i territory "to be a modern unit of the American Commonwealth, with a political, social, and economic structure of the highest type" and recommends further study of qualifications for statehood.

Record enrollment at University of Hawai`i brings undergraduate population to 1,201.


First pay phones installed.

Airmail service between California and Hawai`i introduced on the Pan Am clipper China.

Pan Am begins "exploratory flights" from San Francisco to Manila via Honolulu, Midway, Wake Island and Guam.

Jack Hall begins his Hawai`i union career by helping to organize the Honolulu waterfront.

Voice of Labor, the first union newspaper, published.

$84,553,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $100,034,000.

Businessmen organize IAH (Industrial Association of Hawaii) to combat unions and labor leadership.


Mutiny on the Bounty starring Clark Gable is shot in Hawai`i.


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Mauna Loa erupts. Read More.

Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight between Hawai`i and the mainland.

Record high temperature of 87.4 degrees recorded November 30.

Board of Agriculture and Forestry president Frank Locey increases dog quarantine period from four to six months.

Hawai`i Calls begins broadcasting.

Surfer Tom Blake makes the first hollow surfboard.


Beer appears in cans for the first time.

Italy invades Ethiopia.

Richter scale measures magnitude of earthquakes.

First sulfa drugs become available.


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