The Isolated State of Hawaii and How it Became a State

  • First Visited By James Cook

    First Visited By James Cook
    British Navyman James Cook discovered these islands while looking for a Naval dock the British Navy could use. He called these islands the "Sandwich Islands."
  • English colonization takes place.

    English colonization takes place.
    The first coffee and sugar plantations are started in Mānoa Valley by John Wilkinson.
  • Roads are paved.

    Roads are paved.
    The first public streets are laid out in Honolulu.
  • Bringing in new Citizens

    Bringing in new Citizens
    Commoners are given the right to claim lands.
  • Exchanges with Hawaii

    Exchanges with Hawaii
    The U.S. Senate ratifies the Reciprocity Treaty on August 15, allowing sugar and other products to enter the United States from Hawai‘i without customs duties.
  • Annexation of Hawaii

    Annexation of Hawaii
    President McKinley signs a joint resolution of Congress on July 7 that annexes Hawai‘i to the United States.
  • New Transportation Systems

    New Transportation Systems
    The first cars appear on the streets of Honolulu when Henry P. Baldwin and Edward D. Tenney take possession of their new automobiles.
  • Hawaii is now a territory

    Hawaii is now a territory
    President McKinley signs the Organic Act, making Hawai‘i a territory of the United States.
  • Governor of Hawaii

    Governor of Hawaii
    The U.S. Senate confirms the appointment of Sanford B. Dole as governor of Hawai‘i May 9.
  • Setting up Polls

    Setting up Polls
    The first-ever O‘ahu county election is held choosing among a sheriff, county clerk, county auditor, county attorney, and county treasurer.
  • Hawaii's Bill of Rights

    Hawaii's Bill of Rights
    Hawaii's legislature passes a "Bill of Rights" addressed to the U.S. Congress. The bill asks for higher appropriations of federal funds on grounds that the territory, while not a state, is still an integral part of the country.
  • U.S. Congress Passed Hawaii's Bill of RIghts

    U.S. Congress Passed Hawaii's Bill of RIghts
    The U.S. Congress passes Hawaii's "Bill of Rights."
  • A Day Which Will Live in Infamy

    A Day Which Will Live in Infamy
    Japanese planes attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Arizona and other ships are sunk. More than 2,500 lives are lost.
  • Hawaii joins the U.S.

    Hawaii joins the U.S.
    Alaska is officially proclaimed the Forty-ninth State. Statehood for Hawai‘i is approved by the U.S. Senate and by the House. An act signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower designating Hawai‘i the fiftieth state becomes law.
  • Hawaii Celebrates

    Hawaii Celebrates
    The 25th anniversary of statehood for Hawaii.