Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Birthday, Hawai'i!

Today is the anniversary of Hawai'i being admitted to our United States of America. With its admittance we had a round number of states at FIFTY and haven't changed in 53 years. Note: it has become common to spell the name of our fiftieth state with an apostrophe, but it's hard to type it that way. So I spelled it that way in the lead and in the headline. Forgive me for not doing it for the rest of the article.

Date of Admittance:
August 21, 1959

 Parentage: The word "hawai'i" is a Polynesian word meaning "home." The territory was stolen acquired from the royal family of Kamehameha for its sugar and pineapple crops. When we finally gave the people of Hawaii a chance to vote on whether they wanted to be a state or a territory, they overwhelmingly chose to join the Union. Consequently, Hawaii is the only State that has had an actual monarch, and has a statue of a monarch in front of their state capital building.

Place in the Family
Number 50
Six months after Alaska (Jan 1959).
Funny how the coldest state joined in January
and the most tropical state joined in August.

"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"
it's definitely the first....well, *second* thing
I think when I think of Hawaii

The Aloha State
Because "aloha" can be used as "hello" and
as "good-bye," does this make Hawaii a state that
is always coming AND going?

On the License Plate
"The Aloha State" and a rainbow
Whenever I see a Hawaii license plate I 
have to stop and think, "Wait, how...?" 

State Flag
The canton features the Union Jack, the only US flag
that features another sovereign nation on their flag.
This represents the era when the UK held claim to the islands.
The eight stripes represent the eight main islands in the Hawaiian chain. 

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Hawaii"

Actual State Capital: Honolulu

State Size (Area) is 43rd of 50.
Population is closer to 42nd of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

Personal Russell Fact:
I have never been to Hawaii. 

Anybody From Hawaii
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
(unless you believe he was actually born in Kenya) 
our 44th President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu. 

Musical Hawaiians
Don Ho
"Tiny Bubbles"

Yvonne Elliman
"If I Can't Have You"

Big Iz
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Jack Johnson
"Upside Down"

Bruno Mars

Celebrities From Hawaii
Bette Midler
singer, actress

Harold Sakata
actor, "Goldfinger"


James Shigeta
actor, "Flower Drum Song," "Die Hard"

Nicolle Kidman
Academy-Award winning actress

Clyde Kusatsu
well-recognized character actor

Erin Gray
actress, "Buck Rogers," "Silver Spoons"

Kelly Preston
actress, former model 

Tim Olyphant
actor, "Justified"


Sporty Hawaiians
Japanese sumo "ozeki"
(#2 ranked level wrestler)

Japanese sumo "yokozuna"
(#1 ranked level wrestler)

Byron Chamberlain
2-time Super Bowl champion

Fictional Hawaiians
Charlie Chan
based on true-life Honolulu detective
Chang Apana (with Warner Oland circa 1935)

Hawaii Five-O
James MacArthur and Jack Lord
"Book 'em, Danno!"

The new guys

Magnum PI
Tom Selleck and friends

filmed entirely in Hawaii

Most Famous Hawaiians
if we can't pick The President of the United States,
how about we pick Lilo & Stitch, who
are known and loved throughout the world

A Song For You...
"Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride"
Written & Sung by Mark Keai'i Ho'omalu
from the Disney cartoon Lilo & Stitch.
It's the first mainstream song I ever heard
sung in native Hawaiian about surfing

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