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Hawaii's first polo match played at Palama between British naval officers of the HMS Gannet and local residents.

Fanny Young Naea, mother of Queen Emma, dies at age 74.

Wilder ministry dismissed over mass protests. Celso C. Moreno appointed to power but is soon dismissed. New ministry appointed with W.L. Green as Premier.

Cornerstone of Masonic Building laid in Honolulu.


Bell telephone system introduced in Honolulu.

Firm of Lewers & Cooke founded.

$3,673,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $4,876,000.

Hawaiian Bell Telephone Company incorporated.


Dr. Augustus Marques drills an artesian well on Wilder near Punahou School; this is the first artesian well in Honolulu.


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Eruption of Mauna Loa causes lava to lap the outskirts of Hilo town. Rites performed by Princess Ruth, granddaughter of Kamehameha I, halt the flow at the town's edge.

Eruption of Mokuaweoweo reported.


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Kalakaua revives the hula.


Gold discovered near Juneau, Alaska.

Emile Zola publishes Nana.

France annexes Tahiti.

French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes American debut.

Boers in South Africa declare war on British.


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