Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hawaii Our Pacific Paradise

"When the House of Representatives on March 12, 1959, approved the Hawaiian statehood bill, 323-89, the day after the Senate had passed it, 76-15, it cleared the last remaining legislative hurdle to admission of this Pacific "paradise" as our second new state within a year. And just as the news of Alaska's admission to the Union last summer had started mainland Americans conjuring up visions of ice and igloos, glaciers and gold, so did the news of Hawaii's success stir up sharp mental images. This time, however, our newest state summons up for most people visions of a land of sugar cane and sunshine, surfboarding, hula dancing, ukuleles, pineapples, scented leis and "Sweet Leilanis." 

A Help-Your-Self-Booklet, 1959

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