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Constitution of the Republic of Hawai'i adopted and Sanford B. Dole becomes President.

Anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy voted a national holiday and celebrated by a military review and parade, followed by a general reception at the Executive building by President and Mrs. Dole, illumination of the Judiciary and Executive buildings, and a fireworks display in the evening.

Captain J.A. King takes possession of Necker Island on behalf of Hawai'i.

Volcano road - begun in 1889 - completed.

Sailors' Home completed.


First telephone book appears.

Private companies take over recruitment of Japanese laborers; between 1894 and 1900, 57,000 Japanese arrive in Hawai'i.

Wallace Farrington, future governor of Hawai'i, arrives in the Islands to be editor of the Pacific Commericial Advertiser.

Oahu Railway begins work to extend to Waianae and Kahuku.

$5,713,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $9,141,000.


Honolulu Power Plants opens at Alakea Street.

Schoolboy Joseph Kekuku invents the style of playing called steel guitar.

Local artists organize the Kilohana Art League.

Kamehameha Girls School nearly complete.


Rudyard Kipling writes first Jungle Book.

First automobile race takes place between Paris and Rouen.

War declared between Japan and China.

Sculptor August Rodin completes The Burghers of Calais.


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