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Charles Reed Bishop adds "a large, new and independent structure" to Kamehameha School for a preparatory department.

Large addition built on Kawaiahao Female Seminary to accommodate increasing enrollment.

Whooping cough kills 104. Honolulu remains protected from smallpox reported in San Francisco through quarantine restrictions and regulations.


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The first Kaumakapili Church opens on a Sunday on Beretania Street in downtown Honolulu.


Paradise of the Pacific magazine started, presently known as Honolulu Magazine.

Hawaiian Tramways, Ltd. starts a mule-car service in Honolulu and is subsequently taken over in 1903 by the Honolulu Rapid Transit & Land Company.

B.F. Dillingham starts Oahu Railway.

Park Beach Hotel is the first hotel built in Waikiki; it ceases operation within a year, later becoming the stately mansion of James B. Castle.

Minister of Finance annouces government bonds will no longer be issued due to the increasing amount of deposits in the Postal Savings Bank.

September quarterly statement of the Finance Department shows a cash balance of $144,538 after all claims against the government are paid.

$4,541,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $11,708,000.


First diffusion process plant for sugar manufacture received, introduced by Col. Z.S. Spalding for Makee Sugar Company, Kaua'i.

Princess Ka`iulani starts the machinery to bring electric light to downtown Honolulu. Power is provided by a government-owned water-driven plant in Nu`uanu.

Lighthouse at Barbers Point erected.

Passion fruit recorded in the Islands.

First Filipinos to make Hawai'i their home are a band of acrobats and musicians.


Dunlop invents pneumatic tire.

Eastman invents Kodak camera.


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