National Hawaii Day 2020 - Important Date, History, How to celebrate National Hawaii Day, Interesting Facts & Quotes

National Hawaii Day 2020 - On 5 July 2020, National Hawaii Day is observed to honor the 50th state of the union and to recognize the sounds, sites, flavour and the beauty of Hawaii. Get the information about the history of National Hawaii Day, facts, quotes & how to celebrate National Hawaii Day 2020 from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 02, 2020 16:03 PM

National Hawaii Day 2020 - Important Date, History, How to celebrate National Hawaii Day, Interesting Facts & Quotes

National Hawaii Day 2020

National Hawaii Day is celebrated on July 5 of every year. National Hawaii Day 2020 is observed to acknowledge the largest of the Aloha State “Hawaii”. National Hawaii Day is celebrated to recognize the 50th state of the US that was given statehood.

What is the history of Hawaii?

Hawaii ruled for centuries by the hand of the Kamehameha dynasty. Still now, King Kamehameha is honoured in Hawaii. A new King was elected to the throne in 1874. King Kalākaua was recognized as the Merrie Monarch. When he set out to travel the globe in 1881, Kalākaua built a reputation as a diplomat too. As a result, Kalakaua would become the first monarch to travel around the world. This would take a full year for the Hawaiian leader to complete the trip.

The United States had annexed Hawaii during the Spanish-American War in 1898, for strategic reasons. The location in the Pacific was important to the United States Naval Operations. The sudden Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, shocked the nation and pushed the U.S. into World War II. Two-thirds of the people supported statehood after the war.

About Hawaii

Nevertheless, there was opposition to Hawaii's statehood from segregated southern states, due to the multiple ethnicities present. On June 27, 1959, a primary election was held in Hawaii and many statehood propositions earned several votes on that day. On 21 August 1959, after the election results had been confirmed, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation announcing Hawaii to be the 50th state. On this day (August 21), every year, the state celebrates Hawaii Statehood Day. 

Hawaii is one of the states of the United States located in the Pacific Ocean. It is also known as Aloha state or Hawaii island. The Aloha State includes eight islands, the largest of which is called Hawaii. The next in size is the Maui, Oahu, and Kauai islands followed by Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Polynesians crossed the Pacific Ocean from the west in double-hulled ships. In 1778 Captain James Cook sailed to the islands and was later to meet his death on the main island.

The beaches, magnificent volcanoes and exotic environment of Hawaii speak to a richly diverse heritage that embraces and fascinates everyone. Taught from one generation to the next, dance, music, and song keep customs alive in a beautiful environment surrounded by ancient history.

Hawaii Symbols

State capital - Honolulu
State flower - Yellow hibiscus
State fish - Reef triggerfish
State bird - Nene
State tree - Candlenut
State mammal - Hawaiian monk seal

How to observe National Hawaii Day?

Celebrate National Hawaii Day by exploring the wonderful sites, culture, and arts of Hawaii with family. National Hawaii Day can be celebrated by:

  • Plan a trip to Hawaii with your friends and family.

  • Learn more about the history and traditions of Hawaii.

  • Surf some of the interesting facts about Hawaii.

  • Use #NationalHawaiiDay on social media and share the celebration of Hawaii Day.

Hawaii - Facts

  • Per year Hawaii grows by around 42 acres due to the Kilauea Volcano

  • It is the only state in the US that commercially grows coffee

  • The Big Island had both the highest and lowest recorded temperatures

  • Hawaii lost more species of wildlife and has more endangered species than any other state

  • Refusing to wear a lei flower if anyone offers it is considered disrespectful

  • Dole Plantation in Oahu is home to the world 's largest pineapple maze

  • Hawaii was the first state to ban bags made from plastic

  • Hawaii is the only state composed entirely of islands in the US

  • Hawaii is the second-largest state in the United States

  • Hawaii has a different time zone, known as Hawaiian Standard Time

  • The word ‘Hawaii’ derives from the ‘Hawaiki’ of Proto-Polynes, meaning ‘Place of the Gods’ or ‘Homeland’

Hawaii - Quotes

“There is a quiet place in Hawaii where, for over thirty years, I've gone to draw inspiration and write many of my books.” - Robert H. Schuller

“I love to surf. Hawaii has some of the best waves in the world, and the most consistent as well. That's always fun.” - Brendon Urie

“For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.” - Joanne Harris

“Hawaii - the Aloha state - is built on the strength of its multicultural society, from our indigenous Native Hawaiian people to the many immigrants that followed.” - Mazie Hirono

“Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.” - Will Rogers

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National Hawaii Day - FAQ

1. What is Hawaii famous for?

Hawaii is also renowned for its delicious food at annual Luau celebrations, stunning indigenous people, and a wide variety of activities including surfing, hiking, scuba diving, fishing, and camping activities.

2. Why is Hawaii part of the US?

The Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, and the strategic use of the Pearl Harbor naval base during the war forced Congress to approve the formal annexation. After two years, Hawaii was organized into a U.S. territory and entered the U.S. as the 50th State in 1959.

3. Which island in Hawaii is the Big Island?

Hawaii's Island is the Hawaiian chain's youngest and largest island. It is about twice as large as all the other Hawaiian islands together.

4. Why is the island of Niihau forbidden?

In reality, Niihau was made the ‘Forbidden Island’ during a Hawaiian Islands polio outbreak in 1952. The name stuck and, indeed, the only people permitted for generations were relatives of the Robinsons on Niihau and the approximately 130 Native Niihuans living in Puuwai village.

5. How many volcanoes are in Hawaii?

Hawaii island composed of five volcanoes, two of which are still active is Kilauea and Mauna Loa.