On July 5th, National Hawaii Day recognizes the 50th state to be granted statehood.

Welcome to Hawaii

Eight islands make up The Aloha State, the largest of which is named Hawaii. The islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are the next in size followed by Molokai, Lanai, Nihau, and Kahoolawe.

The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7) Kindle Edition

by Bill O'Neill  (Author) 
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7) Kindle Edition

by Bill O’Neill  (Author) 


Nearly 2,000 years ago, Polynesians navigated the Pacific ocean in double-hulled vessels from the west. Captain James Cook sailed to the islands in 1778 and would later meet his death on the big island.

Hawaii: Images of the Islands Hardcover – June 30, 2005

by Douglas Peebles  (Author)
Hawaii: Images of the Islands

by Douglas Peebles  (Author)

For generations, Hawaii ruled by the hand of the Kamehameha dynasty. King Kamehameha is still honored in Hawaii today.

In 1874, a new king was elected to the throne. King Kalākaua was known as the Merrie Monarch. Kalākaua also developed a reputation as a diplomat as he set out to tour the globe in 1881. As a result, Kalakaua would become the first monarch to travel around the world. It would take the Hawaiin leader an entire year to complete the voyage.

While Hawaii is the 50th state to join the Union, it has long been a strategic military installation. Its location in the Pacific has been vital to U.S. Naval operations for decades. On December 7, 1941, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation and propelled the United States into World War II.

The islands’ beauty and traditions consistently draw visitors for rest and relaxation. Hawaii’s pristine beaches, majestic volcanoes, and exotic atmosphere speak to a richly diverse heritage that is welcoming and fascinating. Dance, music, and song taught from one generation to the next keep traditions alive in a lush environment surrounded by ancient history.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHawaiiDay

Exploring the sites, sounds, flavors, and beauty of Hawaii and use #NationalHawaiiDay to share on social media.

Also celebrating National Bikini Day today….hmm Bikinis and Hawaii sounds like a vacation destination to me.

Hidden Treasures

World’s Largest Plant Maze – Wahiawa

Kaniakapupu Ruins – Honolulu

Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau – Captain Cook

Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church – Hana

Notable People

William Francis Hillebrand – Chemist – (December 12, 1853 – February 7, 1925)

William Francis Hillebrand
Second from the left, top row

Victoria Cleghorn – Princess – (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899)

Victoria Cleghorn
Victoria Cleghorn

Hiram Bingham III – Senator – (November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956)

Hiram Bingham III
Hiram Bingham III

Henry Gabriel Ginaca – Engineer – (May 19, 1876 – October 19, 1918)

Henry Gabriel Ginaca
Invented for Dole to peel and core pineapple

Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui – Author – (April 20, 1895 – May 21, 1986)

Place Names of Hawaii: Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – December 1, 1976

by Mary Kawena Pukui  (Author), & 2 more
Place Names of Hawaii: Revised and Expanded Edition

by Mary Kawena Pukui  (Author), & 2 more

James Mitose – Martial artist – (December 30, 1916 – March 26, 1981)

What is self Defense Paperback – December 11, 2017

by Mitose James Masayoshi (Author)
What is self Defense

by Mitose James Masayoshi (Author)

Don Ho – Musician – (August 13, 1930 – April 14, 2007)

A Night in Hawaii with Don Ho

Don Ho (Actor), Mark Williams (Director) 
A Night in Hawaii with Don Ho

Don Ho (Actor), Mark Williams (Director) 



Paul Avery – Journalist – (April 2, 1934 – December 10, 2000)

Paul Avery 

Journalist
Paul Avery

Journalist

Barack Obama – President – (August 4, 1961 -)

Obama: An Intimate Portrait Hardcover – November 7, 2017

by Pete Souza  (Author), Barack Obama  (Foreword)
Obama: An Intimate Portrait Hardcover – November 7, 2017

by Pete Souza  (Author), Barack Obama  (Foreword)



Jordan Hubbard – Developer – (April 8, 1963 -)

Jordan K. Hubbard
Jordan K. Hubbard

K. Megan McArthur – Oceanographer – (August 30, 1971 -) Astronaut

K. Megan McArthur
K. Megan McArthur

Bruno Mars – Singer-songwriter – (October 8, 1985 -)

Uptown Funk (Remixes)

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk (Remixes)

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars


Watch “Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk” on YouTube. https://youtu.be/M1F0lBnsnkE



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