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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In Hawaii History

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1. The day of love or Valentine’s Day is just as widely celebrated in Hawaii as it is in other parts of the world. The state’s romantic beaches and breathtaking sunsets are popular destinations for couples year-round.

2. February 14, 1779, was a momentous day in Hawaii's history as it was the day that British explorer Captain James Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

3. In 1840, King Kamehameha III officially proclaimed February 14th as “Lā ʻElua Kahua,” or “Second Monday,” a precursor to Presidents Day, which is celebrated in the mainland United States.

4. February 14, 1893, was the day that Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in a coup d’état led by a group of American businessman and sugar planters, which ultimately led to Hawaii’s annexation by the United States.

5. On February 14, 1962, astronaut John Glenn flew over Hawaii in his Friendship 7 spacecraft, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. His flight path took him over Honolulu, and he reported seeing the city as a “great sparkling jewel.”
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