Hawaii: History

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Hawaii History

Hawaii’s history is unique for there is no other state in the union that lays residence to a royal palace. The Hawaiian Islands were originally home to Polynesians starting around the 12th century. They used nothing but the stars and their canoes to travel over 2000 miles to settle what is known today as the Big Island of Hawaii. In 1778, Captain James Cook bestowed Hawaii with the name of the “Sandwich Islands” in honour of the Earl of Sandwich and opened the island chain to western travellers. In 1810, King Kamehameha united the warring islands under one royal kingdom until American colonists overthrew the monarchy in 1893. With its strategic location in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is home to several US military bases. In 1941, Japan launched its attack on Pearl Harbour catapulting the United States into the second World War.

Over the years, many settlers from all over the globe have laid their influence on Hawaii. From the Franciscan architecture of Iolani Palace to the Japanese pagodas of the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple, Hawaii has a rich history and culture. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of American. Since then, Hawaii has grown economically and population wise becoming one of the most visited states.