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5 Fun Facts About August 2 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1914, the first Hawaii Territorial Fair was held on August 2. The fair featured exhibits on agriculture, livestock, and industry, and attracted thousands of attendees.

2. On August 2, 1938, the Japanese ocean liner Hikawa Maru arrived in Honolulu on its maiden voyage. It would go on to become a popular passenger ship, transporting people between Japan and the United States until it was retired in 1960.

3. The University of Hawaii at Manoa was established on August 2, 1907. The university has grown into one of the state's largest and most prestigious educational institutions, with over 18,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

4. August 2, 1959, was a significant day in Hawaii's history, as it was the day that the territory officially became the 50th state of the United States. Celebrations were held across the islands to mark the occasion, including a massive parade through the streets of Honolulu.

5. On August 2, 2002, Hurricane Ele suffered a "Fujiwhara effect" with Hurricane Hernan, resulting in the two storms merging together and becoming a single storm system. The resulting storm caused heavy rainfall and flooding throughout the islands, causing millions of dollars in damage.
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