Beautiful photos of Hawaii before it became a state

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hula dancer vintage photo hawaiiMarch 1955 – A hula dancer swings her ti leaf skirt in the traditional Hawaiian dance.APHawaii became the final state to join the union 58 years ago, when President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act on August 21, 1959.

The youngest state is known for its island cuisine, beautiful state parks, distinct cultural traditions, and thriving tourism industry.

These 21 vintage photos will make you want to hop on the next flight to Honolulu.

An earlier version of this story was reported by Liz O’Connor.



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