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Kapi'olani Park opens.


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William Pitt Leleiohoku, brother and heir apparent to King Kalakaua, dies at age 22. Kalakaua's sister Lili'uokalani is proclaimed heir apparent in his stead.

E.H. Allen - previously Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - becomes first Hawaiian minister to the United States.


Stamp Act goes into effect establishing production and cancellation procedures for adhesive postage stamps; production falls under the jurisdiction of the government's Minister of Finance.

Hamakua-Haiku water works opens.

Import duties increase to 25 percent.

$2,554,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i. The Islands export $2,578,000 worth of goods.

Contract drafted for Portuguese plantation labor. Signing up for 36 months of service, workers will receive free passage from Madeira, daily rations, lodging, garden space, medical care and wages paid in gold or silver.

Fire breaks out along Honolulu's waterfront Esplanade, destroying old buildings and warehouses and causing $258,700 in losses.


Hawai'i Island tsunami kills five, leaves 163 homeless.

C. H. Dickey operates the earliest commercial telegraph system, connecting his stores in Haiku and Makawao, Maui.

Replacement tide gauge from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey installed near the entrance to Honolulu Harbor.

Lava outbreak reported from summit crater of Mauna Loa. The flow runs through Kona district, discharging in the sea near Kaawaloa.

Kamehameha Day races move to the one-mile circular course at Kapi'olani Park, where they become a popular attraction for many years.

Rev. B.W. Parker of the 1833 group of missionaries dies at age 74.


Swan Lake ballet opens with music by Tchaikovsky.

First shipment of frozen meat sent from Argentina to Europe.


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