DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 21, 2020) – In Issue 55 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature celebrates the U.S. birthday of “The Islands” of Hawaii

Pearl Harbor – U>S.S. Arizona Memorial (Chuck Gibson Personal File)

Hang Ten

Happy 61st birthday Hawaii!

Hawaii was admitted to the Union 61 years ago today.

Hawaii is the baby of the family of the States in two ways:  it is 50th and last state admitted, and it is also the youngest geologically.  Kauai is the first volcanic island formed along the chain of islands about 4 million years ago, which is a mere blink of an eye in geology.  The Big Island is the youngest, and largest in area, and is just 300,000 years old. 

What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii?  Let me start this thought process: surfing, Waikiki, volcanoes, pineapple, Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament, Hawaii Five-0, Duke Kahanamoku, Pearl Harbor, North Shore, Mauna Kea, Luau, etc.  Add in more.

Here is a map of the island of Oahu from 1881 issued by the Hawaiian Government. 

Map of the island of Oahu from 1881 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Click here to visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.