Hawaii November 10, 2015
Some People Don’t Know That Hawaii Was The First To Do These 8 Things
Hawaii isn’t necessarily known for being the first; I mean, we were the last state to become part of America, and everything takes a few months to make their way to the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland. But, there are a few things that Hawaii did first – and the following are eight such things.
1) Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on United States soil, was illuminated with electric lights four years before the White House in Washington D.C.
2) The first Asian-American in the United States Senate was Hawaii’s Hiram Fong.
A descendant from Chinese immigrants, he was elected to the senate in 1959.
3) Hawaii became the first state to legalize abortion on demand in 1970* – three years before Roe v. Wade.
*Colorado did legalize abortion in 1967, but only in cases of incest, rape and to save the life of the mother.
4) The first federally funded windmill was built on the Big Island’s Kahua Ranch, in 1980.
At the time, Hawaii was considered to be a global leader in alternate energy research, but also relied on imported oil for 92 percent of its energy needs.
5) The first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii.
6) Ancient Hawaiians were the first to create surfboards, and essentially invented the sport.
Though, back in the day, surfboards were up to 150 feet long!
7) King Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe, and the first foreign head of state to speak before a joint session of Congress.
8) In 1927, Hawaii was the first state in America to outlaw billboards – preserving the natural beauty of the islands for decades to come.
Tell us, do you know of anything else that happened in Hawaii first?