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Spain declares war on the United States and O'ahu serves as a base for American forces.

Hui Aloha 'Aina Anti-Annexation petitions containing 21,269 signatures delivered to Queen Lili'uokalani in Washington, D.C.


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President McKinley annexes Hawai'i to the United States; the Islands' territorial government is not established for another two years.

Chang Apana joins the Honolulu Police Department. His Chinese ancestry, undercover skills and determination to crack unsolved cases inspire the "Charlie Chan" character.


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Hawaiian flag hauled down in the presence of American and Hawaiian dignitaries and the American flag is raised.

Red Cross Society organized by 300 women in Honolulu.


First cash registers introduced.

First Spanish contract laborers arrive.

Total number of laborers employed on various plantations in Hawai'i is 25,881.

Coffee exports total 494,919 pounds.

Chung Kun Ai opens importing business as well as a company to bore wells for irrigating sugar and pineapple plantations. Later, he and associates found City Mill Company, still in operation today.

Korean merchant Pack Jang-hing arrives in Honolulu aboard the China ready to do business.

Honolulu Sugar Company established in Halawa.

$11,651,000 worth of imports arrive in the Islands; exports total $17,347,000.

Honolulu Rapid Transit and Land Company granted franchise by
legislature to operate electric railway system.


Hawaii's first golf course built in Moanalua Valley by Samuel Mills Damon, A. Garvie and head landscape architect and gardener Donald MacIntyre.

Makawao Seminary on Maui totally detroyed by fire.

First motion pictures filmed in Hawai'i include several scenes taken by two Edison photographers on their way through Honolulu.

Seven inches of rain falls in three hours in Honolulu, causing floods in Nu`uanu and Pauoa valleys. Property damage leaves 300 people homeless; four people on O'ahu drown.

Earliest known recordings of Hawaiian music available including "Honolulu Cake Walk" and "My Honolulu Lady."


Spanish-American War commences.

Henry James writes The Turn of the Screw.

Viruses discovered.


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