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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1845, King Kamehameha III proclaimed March 3 as Ka La Hoʻihoʻi Ea, or Sovereignty Restoration Day, an annual observance of the restoration of Hawaiian sovereignty and independence.
2. In 1871, the schooner Kona Packet arrived in Honolulu with the first shipment of Portuguese contract laborers, marking the beginning of a significant wave of immigration from Portugal to Hawaii.
3. In 1885, the Royal Hawaiian Band performed its first concert at its newly built bandstand in Honolulu's Thomas Square, a tradition that continues to this day.
4. In 1936, the Hawaiian pineapple industry was forever changed with the introduction of the Dole Pineapple Machine, a revolutionary device that could peel, core, and slice pineapples at an unprecedented rate.
5. In 1969, the Hawaii Five-O television series premiered on CBS, becoming a cultural phenomenon and helping to boost tourism to the Hawaiian Islands for years to come.
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