• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

After Dark in the Park

After Dark in the Park
Special Speaker Presentations

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Park entrance fees apply
Presentations are free - suggested $2.00 donation supports park educational programs


Photo Courtesy Hawai‘i State Archives

November 4, 2014 - How Hawai‘i Became a State

By uniting the islands under a single ruler, Kamehameha I (the Great) laid the foundation for what would eventually become the fiftieth of the United States of America. Yet between those two events were attempts by France, Great Britain and even Russia to take control of the islands for themselves! Hawaiian monarchs variously embraced or rejected American polical and economic influence...so just how did Hawai'i move from being a kingdom to becoming a territory and then a state? And what did the Hawaiian people think of all this? Join us as historian Boyd D. Bond unravels the events that led to Hawai'i's statehood.

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