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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1868, the Hawaiian Journal reported that a severe storm struck the island of Hawaii and destroyed several buildings, including a church and sugar mill. The storm also caused a landslide that blocked the road between Hilo and Puna.

2. On March 13, 1881, King David Kalakaua gave a speech in which he declared his intention to build a palace for the monarchy. The palace, known as Iolani Palace, was completed in 1882 and served as the residence of Hawaii's monarchs until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893.

3. In 1900, Hawaii became a territory of the United States. March 13 marked the first day of the territorial government, with Sanford B. Dole serving as governor.

4. On March 13, 1928, the Hilo Boarding School was established as a vocational school for Native Hawaiian children. The school provided education and training in agriculture, carpentry, and other trades.

5. In 1961, a tsunami caused by an earthquake in Chile struck the Hawaiian Islands on March 13. The tsunami caused significant damage to the harbor in Hilo and resulted in the deaths of 61 people.
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