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5 Fun Facts About August 3 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1887, King Kalakaua of Hawaii granted a Royal Charter to establish the Honolulu Library and Reading Room. The library, now known as the Hawaii State Public Library System, is one of the largest and oldest public library systems in the United States.

2. On August 3, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The statehood of Hawaii was a long and controversial process that began in 1893 when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown by American businessmen and politicians.

3. In 1971, the first Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament was held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The tournament, which attracts anglers from all over the world, has become one of the most prestigious billfishing events in the Pacific.

4. On August 3, 2014, Hurricane Iselle made landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Category 1 hurricane caused widespread power outages and damage to roads and infrastructure. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Hawaii in decades.

5. In 2019, the Hawaii Department of Transportation unveiled a new automated system for screening passengers at Honolulu International Airport. The system, called CT (Computed Tomography) scanners, uses 3D imaging to detect potential threats in carry-on bags more accurately and efficiently than traditional X-ray technology.
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