Commemorating 50 Years Of The 50th State

Next year Hawaii will celebrate it’s 50th year as a state in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.

In March 1959, both houses of Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law. On June 27 of that year, a referendum was held asking residents of Hawaii to vote on accepting the statehood bill. Hawaii voted at a ratio of 17 to 1 to accept. There has been criticism, however, of the Statehood plebiscite, because the only choices were to accept the Act or to remain a territory, without addressing the issues of legality surrounding the overthrow. Despite the criticism, the United Nations decolonization committee later removed Hawaii from the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Hawaii was officially admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The most recent census of 2005 puts the state’s population at 1,275,194.

HONOLULU – To kick off the commemoration of Hawai’i's golden anniversary of statehood, the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission today began airing the first of 50 Voices of Statehood radio and television vignettes.

The vignettes, which are being recorded by the award-winning Searider Productions of Wai’anae High School, feature personal perspectives on statehood and Hawai’i's history from 50 residents representing the state’s diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political, social and economic backgrounds. Each week over the next year, a different vignette will air on six television stations and 60 radio stations statewide. An interactive online forum will allow teachers and students to incorporate the vignettes into their classroom discussions.

The first of the 50 Voices of Statehood vignettes features Dody Brown. Although she was only six at the time Hawai’i became a state, a young Dody was featured in a well-known 1959 photograph holding a newspaper announcing “STATEHOOD” in big, bold letters.

The 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission has planned a comprehensive year-long series of events and activities, with a special focus on education, to honor the 50th anniversary of Hawai’i's admission to the United States. The 50 Voices of Statehood series, as well as information on the Commission, its members and the commemorative plans may be found at


50th Anniversary of Statehood
50 Years of Hawaiian States
808Talk Hawaii: 50th State

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2 Responses to “ Commemorating 50 Years Of The 50th State ”

  1. This sounds magnificent. I look forward to enjoying the vignettes and of course celebrating next year!


  2. It will be interesting to hear all the different views on statehood. I am looking forward to it.

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