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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1883, King Kalakaua dedicated the statue of Kamehameha the Great in front of Ali'iolani Hale. The statue, which stands at 18 feet tall and weighs about 15,000 pounds, was created by American sculptor Thomas R. Gould.

2. In 1949, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The center serves as a forum for cultural exchange and education between the United States and Asian and Pacific countries.

3. In 1973, the rehabilitation of the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai was completed. The trail, which stretches 11 miles and leads hikers to secluded beaches and stunning views, is considered one of the most challenging hikes in Hawaii.

4. In 1997, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the state could not discriminate against gay couples when it came to marriage benefits. The ruling paved the way for future discussions on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ rights in Hawaii.

5. In 2014, Hurricane Ana made landfall on the island of Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), causing significant damage and power outages. The storm prompted evacuations and emergency declarations, reminding residents of the potential dangers of living in a tropical climate.
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