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5 Fun Facts About November 4 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1846, the first Hawaiian postal service was established by King Kamehameha III on November 4th. The service was initially available only to royalty.

2. November 4th, 1885 marked the opening of the Hawaiian Agricultural Company's sugar mill on Maui, which was the largest sugar mill in the world at the time.

3. On November 4th, 1887, King Kalakaua signed a constitution that restricted voting rights in Hawaii to wealthy landowners, effectively excluding most Hawaiians from the political process.

4. In 1974, Hawaii elected its first Japanese-American governor, George Ariyoshi, on November 4th. He went on to serve as governor for 12 years, making him the longest-serving governor in Hawaii's history.

5. On November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States. Obama was born in Honolulu and spent much of his childhood in Hawaii.
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