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Hawaii Celebrates Statehood Day!

shutterstock_93520507The third Friday in August is Statehood Day in Hawaii.  So many people, from all over the world, come to visit Hawaii, the Fiftieth state of the United States of America. Of course, it did not become a state until 1959, and there is a lot about our islands that makes it a very unique part of America! Here are some interesting facts you may not know…
* It is the southernmost state
* It is the only state with a royal palace
* It is the only state with two official languages, Hawaiian and English
* It is the only state whose state song is in another language.. Hawaiian
* It was the birthplace of the popular sport of surfing
* It has its own time zone
* It has the oldest newspaper and oldest school west of the Rockies
* It has more people of multi-ethnic background than any other state
* It was the first to elect  Japanese-American, Hawaiian-American, and Filipino-American Governors in the nation
* It was the first to elect an Asian-American Senator
* It is, as almost everyone knows, the place where the first elected African-American President, Barack Obama, was born and raised!
There is a rich history to discover here in Hawaii! Oahu is where much of that history can be seen and enjoyed. You can “be a part” of it when you visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, on Oahu’s North Shore.  You can walk thru Honolulu and see many historic buildings, or visit Iolani Palace. You might want to take a hike through Waimea Valley and see firsthand what “old Hawaii” was like by visiting the ruins of the ancient Hawaiian village there. Perhaps you are interested in the memorabilia and history of those early days of Hawaiian tourism which are displayed in the art collections at Makaha Art Gallery. Then again, you might enjoy just viewing the beauty of our Island from above with a tour from Paradise Helicopters! Information on all of these and more can be found in the Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory! Celebrate Statehood Day with us by experiencing the uniqueness, the history, and the majestic beauty of Oahu!

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