Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Hawaii


Hawaii officially became this great nation's 50th state 50 years ago today.

In March 1959 both houses of Congress passed the Hawaii Admissions
Act. The voters in Hawaii approved a referendum endorsing the
statehood bill in June, and President Eisenhower declared Hawaii
a state on August 21, 1959. (The referendum was
subsequently criticized because Hawaiians were not offered the
option of voting for independence, thereby ignoring controversy
surrounding the legality of Hawaii's previous annexation
by the United States.)

The haoles at Pacific Standard love Hawaii for many reasons, but most importantly because it is the beautiful home of some of our oldest and dearest friends.

Here's to you!

Fireworks at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, July 2007

1 comment:

Jen said...

Thanks, dudes. Hawaii loves Pacific Standard too! Hawaii would also like to say that it wishes it was closer to the "mainland," so that it could float on over to visit. But it being so young (50 years to a state is like 6 months to a human), it can't travel alone. Wah.