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Origin of term "Hawaii"
By Juan

"It is my understanding that the etymology "Hawaii" came from: HA: breath; WAI: fresh water; I: one energy. Yet, collectively everyone is of the mind that Hawaii was always called that, even when Marquesans and Tahitians arrived. Will someone shed some light on that? Mahalo nui loa, Keone"
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In January, Kalani`opu`u, ruling chief of Hawai`i, dies at Ka`iliki`i, in Waio`Ahukini, Ka`u, Hawai`i.

In July, Kamehameha defeats Kiwala`o in battle of Moku`ohai.



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William Ellis, surgeon's mate and talented amateur artist, publishes his narrative of Cook's third voyage including exploration, trading and Cook's death at Kealakekua Bay.


William Bayley publishes some of the first astonomical observations made in the Hawaiian Islands by a Westerner in The original Astronomical Observations made in the course of A Voyage to the Northern Pacific Ocean, for the discovery of A North East or North West Passage.


John Adams, John Jay and Benjamin Franklin negotiate an end to the War of Independence in Paris.

Legislative independence granted to Irish parliament.

Pierre Choderlos publishes Les Liaisons Dangereuses causing an immediate scandal.

Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio debuts.


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