Hawaiian history pre-dates American independence by at least 1000 years. The islands’ modern historical period began in 1778 when Captain James Cook “discovered” the islands and became the first European to make contact with the local peoples. The Hawaiians were a people without writing, who preserved their history in chants and legends.  Much of the early history has disappeared with the death of the “kahunas” and other learned men whose function it was to pass on this knowledge, by means of chants and legends, to succeeding generations. Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state of the United States on August 21, 1959 by proclamation of President Eisenhower. This followed many years of efforts by proponents of statehood to convince the residents of the islands, that Hawaii should become a state. Admission Day is a holiday in Hawaii, observed on the third Friday in August. 
Hawaiian baseball is very good as most amateur teams are able to play year round. Teams from the islands often travel to the US to compete in American Legion, AAU, PONY Baseball and other events. The University of Hawaii is home to Rainbow Stadium, a state-of-the-art astroturf facility and one of the nicest college facilities in the West.  
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