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Princess Ka'iulani dies at age 24. Read More.

Construction of a sewer system for Honolulu begins.

Queen Dowager Kapi'olani dies.

Kaimuki and Pacific Heights subdivided into residential tracts.

Princess Ka'iulani School at Palama erected.

Work begins on the "long desired and carefully planned" sewer system of Honolulu.

Island display sent to Omaha Exposition viewed by an estimated 900,000 people.

Number of immigrants arriving in the Islands this year totals 20,311.

Hilo wharf built.


James D. Dole starts his 60-acre plantation in Wahiawa.

First American Bank of Hawai`i established in Honolulu.

Nahiku Rubber Company on Maui is the first rubber plantation on American soil.

New sugar plantations established at Ola'a and Kona(Hawai'i), Maunalei (Lana'i), Kamalo (Moloka'i), and Kihei, Nahiku and Maui Sugar Company (Maui).

Chinese rice growers put 9,130 acres under cultivation, the largest area ever in Hawai'i; they produce 33,442,000 pounds of rice, putting rice's export value next to sugar.

Hilo native John Ena becomes president of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company.

Ground broken for Hackfeld & Company's block to include their Fort Street frontage from Queen to Halekauila and running mauka.

Two railroad franchises - Hilo Railroad Company and Kohala Railroad Company - granted for the island of Hawai'i.

First American Bank of Hawai'i established.

$19,060,000 worth of imports arrives in Hawai'i; exports total $22,629,000.


Hawai'i and Hawai'i products promoted at Omaha Exposition in Nebraska with a 4,000 square foot display.

Outbreak of bubonic plague kills 61 people.

Oahu Steam Railway connecting Honolulu and 'Ewa constructed.


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First automobiles arrive.

Foundation laid for Stagenwald Building, projected to be six stories (tallest in Honolulu) of "up-to-date fire proof" construction.


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Mauna Loa erupts, threatening Hilo.


Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams.

First magnetic recording of sound achieved.

Devastating hurricane hits Puerto Rico.


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