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5 Fun Facts About October 26 In Hawaii History

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1. On October 26, 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook made his first landing on the Hawaiian Islands at Waimea Bay on Kauai. This event marked the beginning of European contact with Hawaii and would ultimately have a profound impact on Hawaiian history.

2. On October 26, 1881, the first passenger train arrived in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. This marked a significant milestone in the development of Hawaii's transportation infrastructure and paved the way for further development of the island's economy.

3. On October 26, 1954, Hurricane Ana made landfall on the island of Kauai. The storm caused significant damage and is remembered as one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Hawaii.

4. On October 26, 1972, the University of Hawaii at Hilo was established. Today, it is one of the leading public universities in Hawaii and plays an important role in the development of the Big Island's economy and community.

5. On October 26, 2002, Hawaiian surfer Andy Irons won his first world championship title. Irons went on to win a total of three world championships and is remembered as one of Hawaii's greatest surfers of all time.
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