Amelia Earhart’s lei, 1935
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
Learn about an unusually long letter (acquired by the Library) that Earhart wrote during one of the lowest periods in her life.