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Kamehameha's troops invade Maui.

Spanish naval officer E.J. Martinez encourages the Spanish government to occupy Hawai`i for strategic advantage.


The fur trading ship Columbia is the first American vessel to anchor in Hawaiian waters, off Kaua`i. The sandalwood industry in Hawai`i is inadvertently launched when logs of the fragrant wood are cut and burned as firewood.


Captain Douglas finds Nihoa Island, 125 miles northwest of the inhabited islands of Ni`ihau and Kaua`i.

The Boston ship Columbia Rediviva, first American vessel to circumnavigate the globe, arrives in the Islands under the command of Robert Gray.

The first Chinese arrive by jumping off a trading ship. A few years later, George Vancouver notices rice being grown on O`ahu.


George Washington elected first president of the United States.

French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille.


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