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5 Fun Facts About October 15 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1813, the first printing press arrived in Hawaii on October 15th aboard the brig Thaddeus. The printing press was set up by missionaries and played an important role in spreading knowledge and literacy throughout the islands.

2. On October 15th, 1872, Liliuokalani, who later became the last queen of Hawaii, was born. She was a talented musician and composer and wrote many songs, including the Hawaiian national anthem, "Hawaii Pono'i."

3. In 1951, the University of Hawaii at Manoa was established on October 15th. Today, it is the largest university in the state and is known for its strong research programs.

4. October 15th is also known as "White Sunday" in Hawaii. It is a day when many churches encourage their congregations to wear all white to symbolize purity and righteousness.

5. In 2006, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces on October 15th. This law helped to improve public health and reduce the negative impact of secondhand smoke.
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