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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1862, the first shipment of sugar from Hawaii arrived in the United States. This marked the beginning of a lucrative industry that would contribute greatly to Hawaii's economy for over a century.

2. On August 28, 1917, the first American Red Cross unit arrived in Honolulu to provide medical assistance during World War I. The Red Cross played an important role in Hawaii during both world wars, providing medical care and other services to soldiers and civilians alike.

3. In 1963, Duke Kahanamoku, a legendary Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer, was honored with a bronze statue in Waikiki. The statue, which depicts Kahanamoku holding a surfboard, has become an iconic symbol of Hawaiian surf culture.

4. On August 28, 1974, Hurricane Iwa struck the Hawaiian islands, causing extensive damage and loss of life. The Category 1 storm brought heavy rain, high winds, and massive waves that devastated coastal communities.

5. In 2008, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States during their national convention in Denver. Obama's father was born in Hawaii, and the state played an important role in his campaign and election.
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