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Kamehameha V declares June 11 a Hawaiian national holiday in memory of his grandfather, Kamehameha I (Kamehameha Day is still celebrated today as a state holiday).

Kamehameha V dies.

Cornerstone of Ali'iolani Hale laid.


The Hawaiian Hotel openes to the public.

The Islands export 16,995,402 pounds of sugar and 192,105 gallons of molasses; average annual production of sugar is 9,586 tons.

$1,748,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $1,555,000.


Electric telegraph begins operation in Honolulu.

First tide gauge installed near the entrance to Honolulu Harbor by the Hawaiian Government Survey.


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Heinrich Berger, German conductor at the court of Kamehameha V, gives his first concert with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Missionary community marks the passing of several early arrivals: Artemas Bishop, Mrs. M.P. Whitney and Mrs. G.P. Judd.


Science of oceanography founded during expedition on the HMS Challenger.

Jules Verne's Around the World In 80 Days published serially in newspaper installments.

Friedrich Nietzsche publishes The Birth of Tragedy.


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