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Amelia Earhart’s lei, 1935

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart took off from Wheeler Field on Oahu, Hawaii. The next day, she landed in Oakland, California, becoming the first person to fly solo between Hawaii and the United States. When she arrived in Hawaii, ahead of her historic flight, she was given several leis, including the one shown here, which can also be seen in the photograph that documents the event.

Amelia Mary Earhart Papers, Schlesinger Library

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