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Frenchman Auguste Marques arrives on O'ahu and buys a tract of land near Punahou. He teaches music at the school and later bores Honolulu's first artesian well.

Centennial celebration of Cook's arrival in the Islands takes place at Honolulu and Lahaina.

Census counts 6,045 Chinese in the Islands.



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First Portuguese immigrants arrive aboard the Priscilla. A steady stream of Portuguese workers and families continues to flow to the Islands for the next 10 years. Read More.

Hawaiian Bell Telephone Company incorporated.

Bishop & Company's new bank opens its doors.

Group of Micronesians arrive for labor in the fields.

$3,046,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $3,462,000.

Alexander & Baldwin complete the Hamakua Ditch on Maui.


First telephone lines in Hawai`i connect Samuel G. Wilder's Interior Ministry office with his lumber yard.

Emma Louise Dillingham introduces the first carnations from California.


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Lili'uokalani writes "Aloha 'Oe."

Early missionary Rev. D. Dole dies at Kapaa, age 70.

First telephone established on the island of Maui.


First bicycles manufactured in United States.

Thomas Edison founds Edison Electric Light Company.

Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert collaborate to produce HMS Pinafore.


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