Hawaii Timeline History

On January 16, 1893. 162 armed sailors and Marines aboard the USS Boston in Honolulu Harbor came ashore under orders of neutrality.

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arrow 300 - 700: Polynesian settlers arrived from Marquesas

arrow 1627: Spanish sailors visited Hawaii

arrow 1778: British Captain, James Cook, discovered Hawaiian islands, named them Sandwich Islands

arrow 1779: Captain Cook killed at Kealakekua

arrow 1780's: Many Hawaiians killed by disease brought by European and U. S. trading ships

arrow 1782: King Kamehameha I gained control in northern Island of Hawaii; began conquest of other islands

arrow 1794: Hawaii placed under protectorate of Great Britain

arrow 1795: King Kamehameha I unified Hawaii

arrow 1813: Spanish advisor to King Kamehameha, Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, introduced coffee and pineapple to Hawaii

arrow 1815: Attempt by Russian soldiers to build fort failed

arrow 1819: King Kamehameha died; son Liholiho became Kemehameha II; he abolished local religion

arrow 1820: Christian missionaries arrived

arrow 1824: King Kamehameha II died in London

arrow 1825: Kauikeaouli ascended to throne as Kamehameha III

arrow 1826: U. S. and Hawaii entered into treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation

arrow 1829: First coffee planted in Kona

arrow 1831: Catholic missionaries forced to leave or be imprisoned

arrow 1835: First sugar plantation established in Koloa

arrow 1839: Roman Catholics received religious freedom

arrow 1840: Hawaii adopted first constitution

arrow 1842: First House of Representatives met

arrow 1843: Lord George Paulet seized Hawaii for England; Great Britain and France agreed Sandwich Islands would be an independent State

arrow 1846: Construction of Washington Place governor's residence: completed

arrow 1848: Kamehameha III divided land between King, nobility and commoners

arrow 1849: Invasion attempt by French Admiral Legoarant de Tromelin failed

arrow 1852: First steam-propelled ship used for inter-island service; first Chinese contract workers arrived

arrow 1853: Smallpox epidemic killed over 5,000

arrow 1854: Kamehameha III died; Alexander Liholiho assumed throne as Kamehameha IV

arrow 1863: Kamehameha IV died; Prince Lot Kapuaiwa assumed throne as Kamehameha V

arrow 1864: Samuel Clemens Mark Twain: sailed into Honolulu Harbor

arrow 1868: First Japanese contract workers arrived

arrow 1872: King Kamehameha V died

arrow 1873: William Lunalilo elected King

arrow 1874: Supreme Court of Hawaii moved to Ali'iolani; King Lunalilo died; David Kalakuau became King

arrow 1878: First telephone operated; Portuguese arrived from Azores

arrow 1879: First locomotive operated on Maui

arrow 1881: Macadamia nuts introduced to Hawaii

arrow 1885: First pineapples were planted

arrow 1886: Electricity arrived

arrow 1891: King Kalakaua died; Lydia Kamaka'eha became Queen Lili'uokalani

arrow 1893: Monarchy overthrown by government ministers, planters and businessmen

arrow 1894: Republic of Hawaii established

arrow 1900: Great Chinatown Fire occurred, over $1,400,000 in losses, 7,000 homeless; first workers arrived from Puerto Rico and Okinawa; Hawaii established as U. S. Territory

arrow 1901: James Drummond Dole planted first pineapples, established Hawaiian Pineapple Company

arrow 1910: First airplane flight in Hawaii occurred

arrow 1920: Hawaii National Park established by Act of Congress

arrow 1924: Labor riots at Hanapepe, Kauai killed 16 workers and 4 police

arrow 1927: "Outdoor Circle" organization established, banned billboard advertising

arrow 1934: President Roosevelt visited Hawaii

arrow 1935: First trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hawaii took 21 1/2 hours

arrow 1941: Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

arrow 1946: Great tsunami struck Hilo, killed over 100, caused $25 million in damages; 33 sugar plantations were struck by 28,000 workers

arrow 1947: Pineapples workers conducted first strike

arrow 1950: Eruption of Mauna Loa destroyed village of Ho'okena mauka

arrow 1959: Hawaii became 50th U. S. state

arrow 1969: Television series "Hawaii Five-Oh' began

arrow 1974: Workers on sugar and pineapple plantations went on strike

arrow 1982: Hurricane Iwa caused $312 million in damages; destroyed parts of Kauai and Oahu

arrow 1990: Kilauea erupted; destroyed Kalapana

arrow 1991: Miss Hawaii, Carolyn Sapp, became first Miss America from Hawaii

arrow 1992: Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai; killed four, caused $2 billion in damages

arrow 1995: Last sugar plantation on Island of Hawaii closed

arrow 2000: U. S. Supreme Court declared restricting voting in Office of Hawaiian Affairs to native Hawaiians violated 15th Amendment

arrow 2001: U. S. submarine, Japanese trawler collided, nine killed; two Army helicopters crashed, six killed

arrow 2005: Michelle Wie finished fourth on professional debut, disqualified

arrow 2006: Earthquake knocked out power and toppled rock walls; pacific states held tsunami test

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