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Kalakaua goes on a tour around the world.

Cornerstone laid for Lunalilo Home, established under the will of King Lunalilo for aged and indigent Hawaiians.

Chinese Church building dedicated.

Chief Justice Charles Coffin Harris dies at age 59. Earlier he served as Hawaii's first attorney general, appointed by Kamehameha V.

A.F. Judd appointed Chief Justice of Hawaii's Supreme Court.

Smallpox introduced to Honolulu from China by passengers aboard the steamer Meifoo. Total number of cases of smallpox in Hawai'i is 789; a little over 36% - 289 - are fatal.




Scandinavian contract laborers, mostly Norwegians, arrived in Hawai`i: first to Maui on the Beta, February 18, and then to Honolulu on the Musca, May 13.

Macadamia nuts first brought from Australia by William Herbert Purvis.

Rice exports for the year total 6,627,000 pounds.

$4,548,000 worth of imports arrives in Hawai'i; exports total $6,737,000.


Kalakaua and William Armstrong visit Thomas Edison to discuss the possibility of generating electrical power from Kilauea Volcano.

Fort Street, the first paved street, macadamized from the waterfront to Kukui Street.

Lava flow from Mauna Loa stops at the edge of Waiakea Plantation in Hilo, 50 miles from its source.


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The Music Hall Theatre opens across from the palace on King Street; later reopens as the Royal Opera House.


Russian Tsar Alexander II and American President Garfield assassinated.

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky dies.

Outlaw William H. Bonney - Billy the Kid - shot dead.

Sioux Chief Sitting Bull gives himself up to U.S. Army.


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