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5 Fun Facts About October 17 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook became the first recorded European to visit the Hawaiian Islands. He arrived in Waimea Bay on the island of Kauai on October 17th.

2. In 1941, the US Navy established a naval air station on the island of Maui. The base was officially commissioned on October 17th and played a key role in the Pacific theater during World War II.

3. On October 17, 1960, Hawaiian politician Daniel K. Inouye was elected to the US House of Representatives. Inouye would go on to represent Hawaii in Congress for over 50 years, serving as both a Representative and a Senator.

4. In 1973, the Honolulu Marathon was first held on December 16th. However, due to its overwhelming popularity, the race was moved to the 2nd Sunday of December starting in 1980. The first Honolulu Marathon to be held on October 17th was in 1999.

5. On October 17, 2018, Honolulu joined a growing list of cities in the US to ban single-use plastic bags. The ban went into effect on January 1, 2020 and aims to reduce litter and protect marine life.
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