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Kalakaua and Kapi'olani are the first Hawaiian monarchs crowned in the pavilion in the park of 'Iolani palace. Read More.

Mother Marianne and six nuns arrive in Hawai'i hoping to serve at the leper colony on Moloka'i.

First YMCA building in Honolulu dedicated.

First Annual Camp Fire of Geo. W. De Long Post, G.A.R.

First official observance of Decoration Day.

E.H. Allen, Minister Resident at Washington, dies at age 79. In 1877, Allen had become the first Hawaiian minister to the United States.

Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani dies at Kailua on the island of Hawai'i at age 58.


Chung Kun Ai begins merchandizing career by opening a dry goods store and tailoring shop.

Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company incorporated.

Inter-island postal money order system inaugurated.

First annual fair of the Hawaiian Agricultural Society held at the foot of Alakea Street.

Oceanic Company's new steamship Mariposa arrives from San Francisco, beginning a regular semi-monthly run.

First installment of new Hawaiian silver coins is received from the San Francisco mint, worth $130,000.

$5,624,000 worth of imports arrives in Hawai'i; exports total $8,022,000.

Hawaii's second phone company, Mutual Telephone Company, incorporated.

Hawaiian Chinese News begins publication.


Located at the present site of Roosevelt High School, Lunalilo Home opens as a care home for aging Hawaiians.

Seventy-two mongooses brought to the Islands and released on the Hilo and Hamakua coasts.

Marine Railway in Honolulu inaugurated.

British ship SS Madras from Hong Kong, with smallpox aboard, is refused quarantine.

Kamehameha statue erected in front of Ali'iolani Hale.

Portuguese immigration from the Azores inaugurated.


Brooklyn Bridge completed.

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" organizes first Wild West Show.

Robert Louis Stevenson writes Treasure Island.

Karl Marx dies.


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