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5 Fun Facts About August 16 In Hawaii History

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1. The first wagon road in Hawaii was opened on August 16, 1848. This road connected the bustling port town of Honolulu with the agricultural center of Ewa and allowed for faster transportation of goods between the two areas.

2. On August 16, 1890, Queen Liliuokalani issued a proclamation granting a lease of government land to the Hilo Railroad Company. This lease allowed the company to build a railway that would connect the Hilo wharf to the sugar plantations in the surrounding area.

3. In 1920, the Waikiki Natatorium was dedicated on August 16. Built in memory of Hawaii's World War I veterans, this ocean swimming pool was one of the largest saltwater pools in the world at the time and quickly became a popular tourist attraction.

4. On August 16, 1959, Hawaii was officially admitted as the 50th state of the United States. This historic event marked the end of decades of political struggle for statehood and began a new era of economic and cultural development for the Hawaiian Islands.

5. In 1982, the Hawaii State Department of Education launched its first satellite teleconference on August 16. This innovative program allowed students in remote areas of the state to participate in live classrooms and connect with teachers and classmates across the islands.
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