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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Hawaii History

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1. Hawai'i had its first official radio transmission on August 7, 1920, when the USS Arizona sent a message to shore from Pearl Harbor. This marked the beginning of radio communication in Hawai'i.

2. On August 7, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawai'i the 50th state of the United States. Hawai'i had been an organized territory since 1900.

3. In 1889, on August 7, Princess Kaiulani, the last Hawaiian princess, was born in Honolulu. She was known for her intelligence, beauty, and love for her homeland.

4. The Hokule'a, a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled canoe used for voyaging, made its first successful voyage to Tahiti on August 7, 1976. This was a significant achievement in reviving traditional Polynesian navigation methods.

5. August 7, 1843, marked the restoration of Hawaiian sovereignty after a five-month British occupation of the islands. King Kamehameha III formally ceded Hawai'i to Britain on February 25, 1843, but the United States and France worked together to pressure Britain to withdraw and restore Hawaiian independence.
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