January 18, 1778-- Captain Cook stumbles upon the Hawaiian Islands.
March 30, 1820-- The first missionaries land on Kailua.
1835-- First successful sugar plantation in Hawai'i developed by American firm Ladd and Company.
1843-- France, Great Britain, United States recognizes Hawai'i as an independent nation.
September 9, 1876-- Reciprocity Treaty with U.S. is implemented.
1887-- Reciprocity Treaty with U.S. resigned. Pearl River was handed over for U.S. control as an incentive.
1891-- Lili'uokalani succeeds King Kalakaua as Queen of Hawai'i.
January 1893-- The Committee of Safety takes over the government building and a Provisional Government was set up with Dole as president.
1895-- Abdication of Lili'uokalani.
1896-- All Hawaiian language schools are closed. English becomes the official language.
June 15, 1898-- Hawai'i is annexed by joint resolution.
August 12, 1898-- Transfer of sovereignty to the U.S.