Hawaii: 50th State is 50 Today
There are unconfirmed rumors
President Obama was born in Hawaii.
Hawaii is about the size of New Jersey
or about half the size of Nova Scotia
with a population of 1,300,000.It is a
major tourist destination for people
from all over the world. Most of
the people of Hawaii are of Asian
ancestry, about 1/3 are white and
many are of mixed race. There are
only about 509,000 people who are
After King Kamehameha the Great conquered and united the islands in 1810, the kingdom was overthrown when a group of American businessmen forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate in 1893. Hawaii was considered a republic until it became a U.S. territory in 1898. Nearly 18 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the U.S. into World War II, Hawaii was admitted into the union on Aug. 21, 1959.