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Vineyard Street opens, running from Nu`uanu Stream through to Punchbowl Street.

Portions of Fort Street widened; new beach road to Waikiki completed.

Pali Road completed.

Two-story tower and tower building of Central Fire Station at the corner of Fort and Beretania Streets receives finishing touches.

Princess Ka'iulani - accompanied by her father A.S. Cleghorn - returns to the Islands for a short visit after an absence of eight years spent abroad for education and travel.



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To offer outrigger canoe rides through the surf to tourists, a group of native canoe owners in Waikiki forms Hui Pakaka Nalu, the first formal organization of beachboys.

Sugar crop for 1897 estimated at 226,000 tons, the result of improved machinery and cultivation rather than enlarged acreage.

$8,838,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $16,022,000.


First motion pictures shown in Hawai'i are seven brief scenes screened by Edison's Veriscope.

Chinese establish their own hospital on Robello Lane.

First two electric elevators in the Islands installed in Honolulu's Emmeluth Building (King Street at Bishop) and the Mott-Smith Building (Fort and Hotel.)


First diesel engine successfully manufactured in Germany.

Gold strike on Klondike River, Alaska.

Modern subway completed in Boston, Massachusetts.


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