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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1778, Captain James Cook arrived in Hawaii for the first time. He named the islands the "Sandwich Islands" after his sponsor, the Earl of Sandwich.

2. In 1865, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii to work in the sugar cane fields. Today, Hawaii has the highest percentage of Japanese Americans in the United States.

3. In 1931, the first flight from the mainland US to Hawaii took place. It took 16 hours and 45 minutes to fly from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.

4. In 1974, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Hawaii, causing damage to buildings and roads on the island of Maui.

5. In 2011, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Hawaii for a vacation. It was Obama's third trip to Hawaii as president, and he spent time golfing, hiking, and visiting local shops and restaurants.
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