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Work begins on a piped water supply system for Honolulu to convey water from a taro patch mauka of Beretania Street to a water tank in the basement of the new Harbor Master and Pilot's office near the wharf at the foot of Nu`uanu Avenue.


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Washington Place built by future Lili'uokalani's father-in-law. It is her home for over 50 years.

Honolulu police force consists of two officers and 34 men.


Ministry of the interior issues an exclusive charter to James Hough to hunt whales off the coast of Maui.

$738,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $354,000.


Kamehameha III commissions Christian and Johann LaFrenz to design and build the first throne of the Hawaiian monarchy.

First fire engine arrives, a hand pump filled from buckets, and the first volunteer Fire Company is organized.

In Honolulu, the first theatre is founded under the name of the Thespian Theatre. It is only open for one season and is followed by the Royal Hawaiian Theatre.

Frenchman Louis Maigret named Vicar Apostolic to the Sandwich Islands under the title of Bishop of Arathia; he serves as head of the Catholic mission until his death in 1882.


First use of chloroform as an anaesthetic.

The Bronte sisters publish Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey.


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