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Walter Frear, future governor of Hawai'i, appointed by Lili'uokalani to First Circuit Court.


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Hawaiian Monarchy overthrown and replaced by a Provisional Government headed by Sanford B. Dole. Read More.

Cleveland sends a message to Congress to restore the Queen as sovereign.

Albert S. Willis arrives in Honolulu to replace John L. Stevens as American minister.

James H. Blount, representing the United States government, arrives in the Islands to investigate the circumstances of the revolution.

Commissioner Blount orders the American flag lowered and the Naval forces back to their ships.

Provisional Government refuses to step down and instead plans how to establish itself as the Republic of Hawai'i.


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The National Guard Auxiliary of the Provisional Government attempts to subdue a band of lepers in Kalalau Valley, Kaua'i.

Lottery bill passed and the cabinet voted out.

Parker-Cornwell-Colbun-Peterson cabinet appointed.

Aliiolani Hale, the former government building, is designated the Judiciary building with enlarged offices for the court and various bureaus.

Bureau of Agriculture and Forestry established.

Provisional Government establishes first professional fire fighters with Frank Hustace appointed Chief Engineer.


John Gilbert and his brother capture a stray swarm of bees in their Honolulu garden and begin the Sandwich Island Honey Company, the first commercial production of honey and beeswax in the Islands.

Sans Souci Hotel opens on the seaside of Kapi'olani Park; Robert Louis Stevenson is a guest for five weeks shortly after its opening.

Japanese government sends warship Naniwa to the Islands to protect interests of 25,000 Japanese workers.

$5,347,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $10,818,000.

The Hawaiian Star, a new afternoon paper, first issued.

Hawaiian Bell Telephone and Mutual Telephone merge into a single company called Mutual Telephone Company.


Masonic Temple completed at corner of Hotel and Alakea Streets.

Bishop Museum annex completed at Kamehameha School.


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SS Australia breaks all previous records by arriving in Honolulu from San Francisco in five days, 19 hours and 53 minutes.

The Oceanic is the first large ocean steamer to enter the port at Honolulu after the harbor entrance is deepened.

Auguste Marques organizes the Theosophical Society.


Sears, Roebuck, & Company sends out its first mail order catalog.

Guiseppe Verdi's opera Falstaff premiers.

American Bell Telephone places the first long-distance call.

Oscar Wilde writes Lady Windermere's Fan and Salome.


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