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French Admiral La Perouse visits Hawaiian Islands. Read More.

Kamehameha sends his brother Kalanimalokuloku- keli`imaika`i to retake the districts of Hana and Kipahulu on Maui. At the battle of Mauili, in Kipahulu, the expedition from Hawai`i Island is defeated and forced to flee Maui.


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The first foreign vessels since Captain Cook's death arrive in the Islands. The King George and Queen Charlotte from London, under Captains Portlock and Dixon, touch at Kealakekua Bay.


The HMS King George and HMS Queen Charlotte, under command of Nathaniel Portlock and George Dixon, anchor off Waimea, Kaua`i, scouting likely ports for provisioning, repair and rest stops for fur trading vessels sailing between Canton and the Pacific Northwest.



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William Guthrie's A New System of Modern Geography includes a section titled "The Sandwich Islands" and gives a summary of Cook's third voyage and a brief description of the Islands.

La Perouse discovers 41-acre Necker Island - a narrow volcanic ridge apparently unknown to Hawaiians of the time - and names it in honor of the French Minister of Finance under Louis XVI.


Coal gas first used for lighting.

Frederick the Great of Prussia dies.

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro staged in Vienna.


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