Hawaii Statehood Semi-Centennial
On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed
the proclamation officially welcoming Hawaii as the 50th state of the union.
The Official Hawaii Statehood site.
Not all Hawaiians accept the legitimacy of the annexation and statehood of their islands. Some would like to see a restoration of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Some have gone to great lengths to make their point.
Others get very touchy when anyone makes fun of their little piece of paradise, such as when Saturday Night Live did a skit about two men tired of working in the tourist industry (see it on Hulu).
Hawaii is proud to be the birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States... or is he? Just as the Hawaiian lunatic fringe has been questioning the legitimacy of their statehood, the right-wing lunatic fringe has been trying to question the President's citizenship. Is Hawaii the real reason the Birthers don't like Obama?
Meanwhile, enjoy my Hawaii map beach towel. My cats do.
Previously on Cartophilia: Miserable Hawaii