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British Club building constructed.

Foundation laid for new Masonic Hall on the corner of Hotel and Alakea Streets.

Hawai'i abandons planned participation in the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago.

U.S. agents encourage a group of businessmen to remove Queen Lili'uokalani from power and to set up a Provisional Government under Sanford B. Dole.

Kindergarten initiated.

Australian ballot system introduced at general election "which worked admirably through the islands."


Construction of volcano road from Hilo "progressing slowly, but the consoling fact in connection therewith is its being well done."

Lorrin A. Thurston founds the short-lived Hawaiian Bureau of Information, the first attempt at tourist promotion.

Union Iron Works purchased by Honolulu Iron Works Company, succumbing to the depression of the sugar industry.

Legislature supports subsidies to give Hilo direct monthly steamer service from San Francisco and from the new Puget Sound line.

Oahu Railway and Land Company establishes coal discharging and loading apparatus at their wharf in anticipation of the growing commercial importance of Honolulu and its value as a coaling station.

$4,684,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $8,060,000.



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Founded in 1889, Bishop Museum finally opens.


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Mills' school for Oriental Boys opens, later to join with Kawaiaha'o Seminary for Girls to become Mid-Pacific Institute.

Hawaiian Historical Society founded.

Bar at entrance of Honolulu harbor deepened.

Ten years after macadamia nuts are first brought to the Islands, brothers Edward Walter and Robert Alfred Jordan successfully plant seeds at Edward's home on Wyllie Street. Additional trees are planted on the slopes of Tantalus as part of a Hawaiian government reforestation project.

Coal-handling machinery constructed for Oahu Railway and Land Company.

Jennie Wilson, one of King Kalakaua's court dancers, joins a theatrical troupe that tours America and Europe, performing for royalty and heads of state.

Edifice of Central Union Church completed.


Ellis Island becomes primary receiving station for immigrants entering the United States.

Tchaikovsky composes music for The Nutcracker ballet.


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