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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1922, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole Food Company) opened its first cannery in Kunia, Oahu. This marked a major milestone in the growth of Hawaii's agricultural industry, which had been dominated by sugar cane.

2. On September 13, 1993, the U.S. Congress passed the Apology Resolution, officially apologizing to Native Hawaiians for the role that the U.S. government played in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. This resolution marked a significant step in the ongoing movement for Hawaiian sovereignty.

3. In 2005, Hurricane Iniki struck the island of Kauai on September 13, causing widespread damage and leaving many residents without power and water. However, the island was able to bounce back relatively quickly thanks to the resilience of its communities and the support of the wider Hawaiian community.

4. On September 13, 1972, Hawaiian astronaut Ellison Onizuka was selected by NASA to join the astronaut program. Onizuka would go on to become the first Asian American astronaut to reach space, and was tragically killed in the Challenger disaster in 1986.

5. The Hawaii International Film Festival, which showcases films from Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific, often takes place in mid-to-late September. The festival has been a major cultural event in Hawaii for over 40 years, and has helped to promote greater cultural exchange and understanding within the region.
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