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Na mokupuni o Hawaii nei, 1837
Hawaii is actually made up of many small islands.

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Hawaii Becomes a State
August 21, 1959

The U.S. had built a naval base in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. Hawaii's importance as a military outpost became critical when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This brought the United States as well as Hawaii into World War II. Following the war's end in 1945, the territory took a long journey toward statehood.
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