Feature banner: 100 Years Ago in History.

Image: New Year banner, 1900One Hundred years ago the people of Hawai`i had graver thoughts on their minds than Y2K and its associated celebrations and potential consternations.

The "Black Death," or Bubonic Plague, had struck Honolulu. Its presence clouded the opening months of 1900 and was on every thinking person's mind with good reason as the disease had decimated a third of the world's population during the fourteenth century.

In Honolulu, the plague was controlled, but over the course of four months it claimed 61 lives and led to the almost complete destruction of Chinatown.
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