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5 Fun Facts About January 12 In Hawaii History

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1. The devastating Hilo tsunami: On January 12, 1902, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands struck the island of Hawaii, causing massive damage to the town of Hilo. The wave, which was estimated to be 30 feet high, destroyed much of the town's waterfront and claimed more than 30 lives.

2. Death of the "Iron Man of Hawaii": On January 12, 1990, Duke Kahanamoku, a legendary Hawaiian athlete and surfing pioneer known as the "Iron Man of Hawaii," died in Honolulu at the age of 77. Kahanamoku, who was also a skilled swimmer and actor, helped to popularize surfing around the world and is considered one of Hawaii's most iconic figures.

3. Hawaii's first radio broadcast: On January 12, 1922, KGU in Honolulu became the first radio station in Hawaii to begin regular broadcasts. The station initially focused on news and music programming, and later became a popular venue for local musicians and entertainers.

4. The eruption of Kilauea volcano: On January 12, 1955, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island began a major eruption that lasted for more than three years. The eruption, which saw lava flows reach as far as the ocean, had a significant impact on the island's landscape and economy.

5. Hawaii admits first Asian-American governor: On January 12, 2010, Neil Abercrombie was inaugurated as Hawaii's 7th governor, becoming the first Asian-American to hold the position in the state's history. Abercrombie, who served two terms as governor, was also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a vocal advocate for social justice and civil rights.
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