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Queen Kapi'olani donates land to house Kapi'olani Maternity Home.

Hawai'i is first foreign nation to receive and welcome the Charleston, California's first constructed cruiser of the new U.S. Navy.

Industrial school for Hawaiians established at Malumalu, Kaua'i with Robert W. Andrews as principal.


McKinley Tariff wipes out the advantages formerly held by Hawaiian sugar.

Inter-Island Telegraph Cable Company lays Moloka'i and O'ahu channel sections of cable but suspends operations after faulty cable is discovered.

SS Farallon inaugurates direct trade between San Diego and Hilo.

Steam coasting service augmented by arrival of the Hawai`i (wooden) from San Francisco and the Claudine (iron) from Glasgow for Wilder's Steamship Company.

$6,962,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $13,143,000.


Electricity becomes widespread.

First of three ostriches arrives in Honolulu by order of Dr. G. Trousseau who is testing viability of ostrich farming in Hawai'i.

William Tufts Brigham appointed curator of the Bishop Museum. During his 30-year tenure, he publishes works on Hawaiian worship, feather work, stone implements, ancient houses, kapa and volcanoes.


First "tube" (subway) railway runs in London.

Chief Sitting Bull killed by the U.S. Army at Wounded Knee Massacre.


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