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5 Fun Facts About July 26 In Hawaii History

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1. On July 26, 1892, the first electric streetlights were installed in Honolulu, marking a significant modernization of the city's infrastructure.

2. In 1953, on July 26, the Territory of Hawaii officially became the State of Hawaii, following the passage of a bill by the US Congress the previous year.

3. On July 26, 1972, Hawaiian surfer and activist Eddie Aikau famously paddled out from Waimea Bay to try and find help when the voyaging canoe Hokule'a capsized in rough seas. Aikau was never seen again, but his bravery and dedication to preserving Hawaiian culture is remembered to this day.

4. On July 26, 1984, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted for the first time in 29 years, triggering a months-long lava flow that destroyed homes and reshaped the island's geography.

5. July 26 is also recognized as "Kūhiō Day" in Hawaii, in honor of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole, a Hawaiian prince and politician who played a key role in securing federal recognition of Native Hawaiians as a distinct Native American group.
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