Hawaii Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Statehood
An August Celebration
On August 21, 1959, the United States officially acquired Hawaii as its 50th state. In reverence of this notable event in history, residents and admirers will be celebrating the state’s 50th anniversary of statehood in a big way during the month of August.
On Aug. 8, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center will hold a concert featuring the classic rock band, America, and a festival comprising fun, food and games for families. On Oahu, there will be a daylong commemoration on Aug. 21 at the Hawaii Convention Center, which will include an appearance by Governor Linda Lingle. Also in attendance will be Daryl Ishizaki, Honolulu’s district manager of the postal service, who will preside over the official issuance and unveiling of the Herb Kane-designed, 2009 Hawaii statehood stamp. The rest of America can commemorate this special day by purchasing the stamp, which will be available at post offices nationwide.