Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight

Today in history — December 31, 1910 — Hawaii witnessed its first aircraft flight. Pilot James “Bud” Mars dazzled 3,000 onlookers as he flew his brand-new, never-flown Diez-Shriver biplane over them in Moanalua field and between hills.

Read more about it in “Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight.”

Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight
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The Apology Resolution

Today in history–Nov. 23, 1993–US President Bill Clinton signed the “Apology Resolution.” United States Public Law 103-150 apologized on behalf of the United States for its role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Read about Hawaii becoming the fiftieth state: “Statehood.”

Statehood
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Duke Kahanamoku’s Birthday

Happy birthday Duke Paoa Kahanamoku! Today in history — August 24, 1890 — the future first Native Hawaiian gold medalist was born.

As a grown up, Kahanamoku broke the world record in swimming and popularized surfing in mainland United States and Australia.

Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers.”

Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers
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Automobile News

Horses, carriages, and bicycles ruled the dirt roads in Honolulu before 1899. On October 8, 1899, people watched Henry P. Baldwin and Edward D. Tenney drive Hawaii’s first “horseless car” around town. In 1906, Hawaii issued its first driver’s license.

Afterwards, automobile sections appeared in Hawaii newspapers. They included automobile news, such as automobile sales, automobile races, lists of motor vehicle registrations and new automobile models, and automobile ads. Read more.


Father Damien’s Arrival in Hawaii

Today in history — May 10, 1873 — Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where leprosy victims lived in exile.

Dedicating his life to serving those victims, Father Damien encouraged civility through establishing laws, constructed buildings, coffins, and a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources, and boosted morale. The Belgian missionary priest’s selflessness made him famous internationally.

Read more about it in Hawaii in “Leprosy.”

Leprosy
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Jules Tavernier: The Volcano Artist

Today in history — April 27, 1844 — Hawaiian volcano artist Jules Tavernier was born in Paris, France. Although he lived only his final five years in Hawaii, Tavernier painted as the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School (non-native Hawaiian artists who painted night scenes of Hawaii’s erupting volcanoes).
Beyond the jagged cliffs of Kilauea Volcano, the Halemaumau lava lake’s orange red glow illuminates the night (left image). Above, smoke shrouds the lake, and a full moon peeks behind grayish black clouds.

To paint this picture, in 1887, Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) made a grueling one-to-two day journey on horseback up to Kilauea’s peak.

Although the English French artist spent less than five years in Hawaii, Tavernier is considered the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School … Read more

Jules Tavernier: The Volcano Artist
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Emil Melville’s Balloon Ride

Up, up and away! This month in history–March 1889–before airplanes, hot-air balloons were becoming popular.

In Hawaii, Emil Melville would attempt the first human flight and first manned ascent on a balloon, perform acrobatic stunts, and hang from a trapeze.

How did Mr. Melville’s attempt go? Find out by reading “Emil Melville’s Balloon Ride.”

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