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New road on Maui opens to Haleakala crater and a carriage road of "easy grade" is being constructed from Lahaina to Wailuku.

Track laid through nine streets of Honolulu for a street railroad or tramway; covering 12 miles, the tracks are divided into four routes: King Street, Waikiki, Beretania and Nu`uanu.

Kohala Girls' Seminary reopens.

Kaua'i Industrial School established at Lihue.

Robert Wilcox leads an attempt to overthrow the reform government.

Father Damien dies at Kalaupapa of leprosy, contracted during his years of ministry work at the leper colony.

Captain T.H. Hobron dies.


Parcel-post system established in cooperation with United States mail.

First trial over Oahu Railroad, referred to as Dillingham's Folly, occurs.

$5,439,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $13,874,000.


A small, temporary church is built on Emma Street, marking the beginnings of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i.

First section of an inter-island undersea cable laid between Maui and Moloka'i.

First train runs on the Oahu Railroad.

First anthurium plants brought from London.

Electric light plant extended and number of street lamps doubles.


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Robert Louis Stevenson arrives in Hawai'i and stays for five months.


Eiffel Tower built for Paris Centennial Exposition.

Britain grants charter to Cecil Rhodes and his British South Africa Company to colonize parts of southern Africa.

Poet Robert Browning dies.


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