July 1934

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


Photos from President Roosevelt’s trip to the Virgin Islands, Panama, Haiti, and Hawaii, July 1-August 2, 1934.
More detail on the trip and additional photos can be found on the FDR Museum blog.

1. The U.S.S Houston passing through the Panama Canal with President Roosevelt on board. This was the first passage through the completed canal by a U.S. President while in office. July 11, 1934.
2. FDR in Panama aboard the U.S.S. Houston.
3. FDR wearing a lei in Hawaii.
4. FDR in Hawaii, interacting with local fishermen.
5. The President watches a traditional Hawaiian dance.
6. FDR with U.S. Marine Corps members, who signed the photo, aboard the U.S.S. Houston on his trip to Honolulu, Hawaii.

In July of 1934 FDR became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Territory of Hawaii. He traversed the Pacific aboard the USS Houston, debarked at both the ports of Hilo and Honolulu, and stayed on the Islands for several days to tour both cultural landmarks and military areas. The people of Hawaii made every attempt to welcome the President and share with him the best of Hawaiian culture, both ancient and modern.