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Chauncy C. Bennet compiles and publishes Honolulu's first directory in which he assigns street numbers, which last for about a decade.


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Duke of Edinburgh stops briefly in Honolulu.

Organization of the Lodge of Good Templars.

Maunaolu Female Seminary at Makawao, Maui destroyed by fire.


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Lighthouse in Honolulu Harbor lighted for the first time.

First bookstore listed in the Honolulu City Directory, C.C. Bennett, opens.


First recorded commercial dairy operates in the Islands.

Leading mechanics and manufactures of Honolulu meet and organize into the Hawaiian Trades Association with L.L. Torbert elected president.

The Islands export 18,302,110 pounds of sugar and 338,311 gallons of molasses.

$1,930,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $2,034,000, surpassing imports for the first time.



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First bicycle arrives in the Islands.

Sanford Dole writes an early monograph on Hawaiian ornithology titled A Synopsis of the Birds of the Hawaiian Islands.


Suez Canal opens.

First transcontinental railway crosses America.

Lost Colony of Wakamatsu founded in Gold Hill, California by the first group of Japanese immigrants to arrive in the United States.


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