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Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, dies. Her will places vast land holdings in a perpetual trust and establishes Kamehameha Schools. Read More.

Hall of Records (Kapuiwa Hale) foundation laid.

Chinese population in Honolulu reaches 5,000 while the number of Chinese doing plantation work declines.

Census reports 80,578 inhabitants in the Islands, an increase of 24,000 in 12 years.


First trade union forms.

Circulation of silver coins showing the bust of Kalakaua brings Claus Spreckels $150,000.


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Chinese banana farmers ship 126,413 bunches from Hawai'i to San Francisco, the third largest export crop for the year.

Postal money order service with the United States inaugurated.

New Hawaiian silver coins put into circulation.

$4,638,000 worth of imports arrives in Hawai'i; exports total $8,095,000.


First census to include a category for "veterinary surgeons" reports two: A.T. Baker of Honolulu and Dr. James Brodie, who is appointed later in the year as government veterinarian on Maui.

Paris-born artist Jules Tavernier arrives in Hawai'i. For five years he lives and works in the Islands, producing many paintings of Kilauea Volcano.

Portuguese population in the Islands stands at 9,967, up from 486 in 1878.

Chinese population in the Islands is now 18,254, three times as big as in 1878.


Zionist Movement holds first conference.

Maxim invents machine gun in London.

Czech composer Bedrich Smetana dies.

Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


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