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A jubilee celebration marks King Kalakaua's 50th birthday.

A huge Honolulu fire rages for three days and destroys over eight blocks of Chinatown, including homes of 7,000 Chinese and 350 Native Hawaiians. Read More.

Ocean Island becomes a dependency of the Hawaiian Kingdom and is renamed Moku Papapa; it is noted as a source for guano fertilizer deposits.

Sanford B. Dole, future president of the Republic of Hawai'i, appointed to Supreme Court as Associate Justice.

Hawaiian Embassy departs for Samoa.

Legislative session of 1886 goes on record as the longest thus far in Hawaiian history, lasting 129 working days.


Postal Savings Bank established.

$4,878,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports equal $10,457,000.


King Kalakaua is so impressed with an exhibit of electric lighting, he uses his own private funds to buy a boiler, engine and generator to produce electric light for `Iolani Palace.

Earthquakes accompany falling of the lava lakes of Kilauea.

Pipe laid to bring a supply of water from Luakaha in Nu`uanu Valley is connected with mains at Judd Street.

New Zealander Louis von Tempsky organizes the the Big Island's first polo game.


Geronimo captured by Federal troops ending last major Indian war.

Daimler introduces first motor car.


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