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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1867, the first shipment of sugar was exported from Hawaii to the United States. This marked the beginning of sugar plantations becoming a major industry in Hawaii.

2. In 1918, a deadly flu epidemic hit Hawaii, killing over 1,500 people on the islands. This outbreak was part of a global pandemic that killed millions worldwide.

3. In 1952, the University of Hawaii at Manoa was officially established. Today, it is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system and is home to over 18,000 students.

4. In 1968, the first air-conditioned hotel in Waikiki, the Princess Kaiulani Hotel, opened. This marked a significant moment in the development of Hawaii's tourism industry.

5. In 2018, Hurricane Walaka caused significant damage on the island of Maui, washing away an entire beach and damaging several homes and businesses. This served as a reminder of the potential dangers of living in a tropical paradise.
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