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Awakenings: Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

on August 21, 2014

This Day in History: August 21, 1959

Hawaii, the Aloha State

“For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.”

– Mark Twain, a Biography



Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Hawaii was subject to cultural and societal repression during the territorial period and the first decade of statehood. Along with other self-determination movements worldwide the 1960s Hawaiian Renaissance led to the rebirth of Hawaiian language, culture and identity.

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2 responses to “Awakenings: Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

  1. Micki Peluso says:

    This was so interesting!! I never knew the full meaning of ‘aloha’, just that it meant both hello and goodbye. Nice oist!!

  2. Raani York says:

    This is such a great post, Sharla!! I’ve never been to Hawaii and I would LOVE to go there one day. (Still hoping for my honeymoon… but who knows when THAT will happen) LOL

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