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Kamehameha III dies; Kamehameha IV takes the throne. Read More.

Ten schools established which provide English lessons for Hawaiian youth.

Fort at Lahaina demolished by government order.

Cornerstone of the Sailors' Home laid.

Hawai`i boasts largest literate population per capita in the world.


First bank represented in Hawai'i by Page, Bacon & Company of San Francisco.

"Lahaina" type of sugar cane, noted for its fecundity, brought from Tahiti, boosting the sugar industry.

Honolulu Steam Flouring Mill Company started.

Steamer Sea Bird arrives for Hawaiian Steam Navigation Company and enters the coasting trade. West Point also enters the coasting trade, under the name Kalama.

The Islands export 575,777 pounds of sugar and 68,372 gallons of molasses.

$1,591,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $432,000.


Earliest recorded mention of an introduced hibiscus - Hibiscus rosa sinensis - describes a red flower from China sometimes called the "shoe black flower."

First operatic performance in Honolulu given at the Varieties Theatre.

Grammar of the Hawaiian Language by Lorrin Andrews published, the first comprehensive examination of Hawaiian grammar.


Crimean War begins, pitting Britain and France against Russia.

Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson develop a new revolver.

Quinine first used successfully to treat malaria.

Florence Nightingale ministers to soldiers fighting in the Crimea.


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