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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Hawaii History

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1. Armistice Day: November 11, 1918 marked the end of World War I and the beginning of Armistice Day, a holiday dedicated to honoring veterans who served in the war. In Hawaii, the holiday was celebrated with parades and ceremonies.

2. Hawaiian Kingdom: Prior to becoming a state in 1959, Hawaii was a sovereign kingdom ruled by the Hawaiian monarchy. November 11 was known as La Ku‘oko‘a, or Independence Day, and celebrated Hawaii’s independence from Great Britain in 1843.

3. National Park: In 1978, the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated in Pearl Harbor as a National Park honoring the 1,177 sailors and Marines who died on the battleship during the December 7, 1941 attack. The memorial is one of the most visited sites in Hawaii.

4. Surfing Legend: Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian native and Olympic gold medalist, was born on November 11, 1890. He is considered a surfing legend and helped popularize the sport around the world. Today, his image is still seen on Waikiki beach in the form of a bronze statue.

5. Modern-Day Holiday: In 1954, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in the United States, a day to pay respect and honor to all military veterans who have served the country. Hawaii continues to commemorate the holiday with ceremonies and celebrations throughout the state.
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