Hawaii has an extremely intriguing history, from the tale of how the islands were first settled, to the relationship between Hawaii and the American government before it became a state in 1959. Here are 14 facts you might not have known about the history of Hawaii. We’ve rounded up 14 of the least known Hawaii history facts, so you can learn a little more about the background of these gorgeous islands!

So, did you know any of these 14 things? Which one surprised you the most? Do you have any other little-known Hawaii history facts? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hawaii History Facts

How did the Polynesians find Hawaii initially?

The Polynesians first settled in the Hawaiian Islands as early as 400 C.E. Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands, around 2,000 long miles away,  made their way all the way to the islands we know today as the Hawaiian islands.

They arrived at the Big Island in their canoes! As both highly skilled fisherman and highly skilled farmers, Hawaiians began to live in small communities that were ruled by chieftains.

How did Hawaii become a part of the United States?

The Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown on January 17, 1893. There was a was a coup d'état that took place against Queen Liliʻuokalani on the island of Oahu. The coup d'état was led by the Committee of Safety.

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