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5 Fun Facts About October 19 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1789, Captain Simon Metcalfe arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii. He traded with the natives and even took some hostage, which later led to conflict and his death.

2. In 1819, King Kamehameha II abandoned the traditional Hawaiian religion and abolished the kapu system, a set of strict laws and taboos. This ultimately led to the decline of the Hawaiian religion and the rise of Christianity on the islands.

3. In 1874, a group of Portuguese immigrants arrived in Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations. They would go on to become a significant cultural and economic influence in the islands, contributing to Hawaii's diverse society.

4. In 1944, the heavy cruiser USS Honolulu (CL-48) was commissioned in Pearl Harbor. The ship served in World War II and later in the Korean War before being decommissioned in 1959.

5. In 1999, Hurricane Iniki, one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes in Hawaiian history, struck the islands. The storm caused extensive damage and left thousands of residents without power or water for weeks.
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