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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1892, the volcanic eruption of Mauna Loa began on August 29 and lasted for three weeks. This eruption was one of the largest and most destructive in Hawaii's history, with lava flows reaching as far as the sea.

2. On August 29, 1912, Alexander Hume Ford organized the first international surfing contest at Waikiki Beach. This event brought together surfers from around the world and helped to popularize the sport of surfing.

3. In 1944, the US Navy established a submarine base in Pearl Harbor on August 29. This base played a key role in World War II, serving as a launch point for submarine patrols in the Pacific theater.

4. August 29, 1963, marked the dedication of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. This center celebrates the diverse cultures and traditions of the Polynesian people and has become a popular tourist destination in Hawaii.

5. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage to the island of Kauai on August 29. This storm resulted in extensive flooding and landslides, causing millions of dollars in property damage and highlighting the vulnerability of Hawaii's infrastructure to extreme weather events.
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