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First wagon descends the Pali road on the windward side; the first ascending trip from the windward side does not occur until two years later.

Walter Murray Gibson - who later plays a leading political role under King Kalakaua - arrives in the Islands.

Lady Jane Franklin and Sophia Cracroft - wife and niece of the reknowned arctic explorer Sir John Franklin - visit the Islands.

Kamehameha IV proclaims Hawai'i neutral at the start of the American Civil War.

Outbreak of the American Civil War drives up the price of sugar, creating a boom in the Hawaiian sugar industry.

Pioneer Mill Company at Lahaina founded by James Campbell.

$761,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $587,000.

Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika (The Star of the Pacific) issued. It is the first Hawaiian paper independently owned, edited and published by native Hawaiians.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, the longest running and most influential of the Hawaiian-language newspapers, begins publication. Founded by Luther Halsey Gulick, it continues publication until 1927.

Invention of a vacuum pan enables boiling of sugar at lower temperatures without scorching.

A local amateur group gives first operatic performance in Honolulu at the Royal Hawaiian Theatre.

Serfs in Russia emancipated.

Civil War breaks out in the United States.

Hans Christian Andersen publishes Fairytales.

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