5-0 Turns 50

If you’ve ever been, you can’t wait to get back.  And if you’ve never been, you can’t wait to go.

While that description might hold true for many destinations worldwide, there is only one place like it in the United States.  Of course, I am speaking of the great state of Hawai’i.

I won’t turn this post into a Visitors and Convention Bureau campaign (the link above will take care of that for you), but needless to say it is a very special place.

And congratulations go out today to the people of Hawaii, celebrating 50 years of statehood.  With a conference.  Huh?

Turns out, state officials are planning a low-key celebration of the islands’ entry into the Union on August 21, 1959.  The reason for that – as Oahu native Sandra Reyes points out to Dan Nakaso of USA Today: “You have to understand the history of Hawaii.”

Dodie Brown

Fair enough, I suppose.  If you are so inclined, you can research some of that history (both pre- and post-statehood) in KITV’s feature on 50 Years of the 50th State.  Lots of information here to shed light on some of the issues unique to the Aloha State.

So with no real festivities planned, locals and tourists alike will just have to pony up the 44 cents to live the dream with the new Hawai’i Statehood commemorative stamp, available today to mark the occasion.  To be honest, as far as celebrations go, I’ll take the stamp over the conference anyday.

For the rest of us not fortunate enough to feel those Pacific Ocean breezes on a regular basis, it will have to be enough to know that exploring the islands is just a flight (or two) away.  Even if those few hours on an airplane might be more than a few years in the future. 

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

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~ by acm213 on August 21, 2009.

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