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Queen Dowager Emma dies at age 49. Read More.

Hawaii's first roller coaster erected in Central Park, an amusement park at the corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets.

Foundation of a new police station laid.

Hawaiian Rowing and Yachting Association formed with King Kalakaua as president.

Rev. S.C. Damon, Seaman's Chaplain at Honolulu since 1842, dies at age 70.

Lili'uokalani excursion party on the steamer Iwalani visits the island of Nihoa.


Captain John Kidwell imports the first Cayenne pineapple; this variety soon dominates in the Islands.

Postal money order service extended to England.

$3,831,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i. The Islands export $9,069,000 worth of goods.

Labor treaty brings first big wave of Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i. Nine hundred forty Japanese arrive in Honolulu aboard the City of Tokyo.

Wilder Steamship Company opens new route to the volcano via Keauhou.


Kalakaua's nephews, attending military school near San Francisco, are noticed "giving interesting exhibitions of surfboard swimming as practiced in their native land."

Sumo wrestling first introduced to Hawai'i when a group of Japanese immigrants at the Immigration Depot engage in a series of matches witnessed by the king and other notables. Two teams, each consisting of twenty amateur wrestlers, compete for the prize: ten tubes of "sahkee," a popular drink.

Mission community marks the death of Mrs. Lowell Smith, of the mission band of 1833.


Rover "safety" bicycle built.

Gottlieb Daimler patents gasoline engine.


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