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Small pox kills 282.

Postal stamps for the Universal Postal Union first issued in Honolulu.


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'Iolani Palace completed.

Kalakaua builds Hale Akala on the palace grounds as a more informal residence.

Walter Murray Gibson Ministry appointed.

Cornerstone of YMCA building laid.



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Captain William Matson acquires the first vessel of his sailing fleet for transport between Hawai'i and the mainland.

Legislature assigns a large area of crown property to the sugar industrialist Claus Spreckels.

Treaty of Amity and Commerce signed by United States and Korea opens door to Korean emigration.

Honolulu's oldest extant restaurant, Wo Fat, opens for business.

Planters' Labor and Supply Company organized.

Hawaiian Agricultural Society forms.

$4,975,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $8,219,000.


Hawaii's first two elevators installed in the Wilder Building and the Beaver Saloon across the street, both in Honolulu.

A man named Isenberg plants the first ironwood trees at Kilohana Crater, Kaua'i.

Kohala Railroad opens.

First organized art exhibition held.

Senhor A. de Souza Canavarro received by Kalakaua as consular representative of Portugal, a post he retains for many years.

Rev. Titus Coan, missionary at Hilo, dies at age 81.


Charles Darwin dies.

Chinese Exclusion Act suspends importation of Chinese laborers to the United States.

German biologist Walter Fleming uses dyes to stain cells and discovers rods he calls "chromosomes."


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