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Island News — 50th Anniversary Of Statehood Events Planned For Aug. 14 And Aug. 23

 

President Eisenhower signed the Act making Hawaii a state on March 18, 1959. The Act became law on Aug. 21, 1959. Image Courtesy of Seth Kaller, Inc.

President Eisenhower signed the Act making Hawaii a state on March 18, 1959. The Act became law on Aug. 21, 1959. The Image Courtesy of Seth Kaller, Inc. is in reaction to the House of Representatives sending the legislation to the president for his signature.

(Media release) — The County of Hawai‘i will celebrate Hawai‘i’s 50th anniversary of Statehood with a special concert and celebration Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A similar celebration will be held in Kona on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.

Special guests at the Hilo event will include former mayors of Hawai‘i County and dignitaries. The Makaha Sons will be the featured entertainers, and admission is free.

“We are looking forward with special anticipation to this celebration,” said Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Everyone on the program has helped make our county what it is today, and their contributions over the first half-century of statehood will help to move us through the next 50 years. We owe these people a tremendous debt of gratitude, and on this special anniversary we wish to honor them with an expression of our thanks for their significant community service.” Read more