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Football introduced to the Islands when Amasa Pratt teaches the game to boys at Punahou.

Princess Ka'iulani, daughter of A.S. Cleghorn and Princess Miriam Likelike, is born.

King Kalakaua returns from the United States aboard the USS Pensacola.

Vasco de Gama, pioneer vessel of the Pacific Mail Line of Australian steamers arrives in Hawai'i from San Francisco en route for the colonies.


Earliest Hawaiian Guidebook aimed at visitors and potential visitors published by Henry M. Whitney.

Reciprocity treaty with the United States signed in Washington, to go into effect in 18 months. Fifteen years later, sugar tonnage will increase tenfold and thereafter sugar shipments double every 10 years.

First export of Hawaiian rum (from the He'eia Plantation to Bremen).

$1,682,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $2,028,000.



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Thomas Thrum publishes his first Hawaiian Almanac and Annual.

Microscopical and Natural History Society organized.


Mary Baker Eddy publishes Science and Health, the basic text of Christian Science.

Gilbert and Sullivan produce their first comic opera, Trial by Jury.


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