When did Hawaii become a state? Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
The capitol of Hawaii is Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Oahu has the largest population of any of the Hawaiian islands, but it is not the largest island. The largest Hawaiian island is the Big Island of Hawaii, the second largest is Maui, and the third largest is Oahu. The other Hawaiian islands that tourists often visit are Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai. There are over a hundred other Hawaiian islands that are all too small for people to live on or tourists to visit.
The population of the state of Hawaii is about 1.4 million people. About 70% of those people, or about 1 million, live on the island of Oahu. Maui has about 155,000 residents. The Big Island of Hawaii has about 185,000, Kauai has about 66,000, Molokai about 7400, and Lanai about 3200. When Hawaii became a state in 1959, the population of the whole state was only 622,000.
Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, only seven months before Hawaii became the 50th state.
So when did Hawaii become a state? In 1959. In order for any territory to become a new state, it has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of both the House and the Senate of the U.S. Congress, and then the president has to sign the enabling act.
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