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Hawaii History 1527 – 1926

The following pages provides a timeline of important events in the written history of Hawaii. Hawaii, a small group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has played a critical roll in the history of the United States. Most especially during the Spanish American War and World War II. Our timeline takes Hawaii history through its “discovery” and up until 1926. 1527-1786 1527 Supposed arrival of two shipwrecked Spaniards at Keei, Kona, Hawaii. 1555 Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Juan Gateau, pilot-navigator, Claimed by Spanish archivists. 1736 Kamehamecha the Great born. November. (The year, however, is controversial, and may have been about 1750.) 1740 Paleioholani, king of Oahu, on passage to Molokai, said to have sighted a foreign ship. 1752 Kalaniopuu, king of western Hawaii, ruling when Capt. Cook visited the Islands, born. 1768 Kaahumanu born at Kauiki, East Maui, of Keeaumoku, the great chief and general of Kamehameha, and Namahana, his wife, ex-queen of Maui. Kaahumanu became wife of Kamehameha and gave practical aid, after 1820, to the missionaries in establishing Christianity among her people, while she was premier (kuhina nui). 1778 Discovery of Hawaiian Islands (Kauai and Oahu), by Capt. James Cook, British navy, in the ships Resolution and Discovery, while en route from South Seas to the Northwest Arctic Passage, anchoring off Waimea, Kauai. January 18. On return voyage from the Northwest Passage Capt. Cook discovered island of Maui, November 26; and island of Hawaii, December 1. 1779 Capt. Cook anchored in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii. January 17. Capt. Cook slain in a melee at Kaawaloa, Kealakekua Bay. February 14. Ships Resolution and Discovery...

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