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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Hawaii History

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September 8 is a notable date in Hawaii history and here are five interesting facts:

1. On September 8, 1845, King Kamehameha III declared the Great Mahele which is a law that aimed to overhaul Hawaii's land system by dividing the land among the Hawaiian monarchy, the government, and the commoners. As a result, the kingdom's land became accessible to more citizens, although many of them could not afford to buy the land.

2. September 8, 1861, marked the inauguration of the Royal Hawaiian Band, Hawaii's first musical ensemble. The band was established by King Kamehameha V who wanted it to be modeled after the British military bands to promote unity and patriotism across the kingdom.

3. In 1900, September 8 marked the day when Hawaii's Organic Act was signed, creating the Territory of Hawaii. This Act brought Hawaii under the jurisdiction of the United States and established the territory's civil government.

4. September 8, 1923 saw the establishment of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) which is located at the summit of Kilauea volcano. The observatory was created to monitor volcanic activity on the Hawaiian Islands, and has been instrumental in advancing the field of volcanology.

5. September 8, 1992, marks the day when Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai, causing widespread devastation across the island. It was one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit Hawaii, resulting in six deaths and $1.8 billion in damages. The recovery effort took years, and the hurricane serves as a reminder of Hawaii's vulnerability to natural disasters.
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