Reading While Eating for August 21: Happy Birthday, Hawaii

Aloha, readers: on this day in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state. "Mahalo" for reading (that's Hawaiian for "thank you")

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1960s: Hula girls dancing in front of palm trees, Hawaii.

Hawaiian History: Before the state became associated with Barack Obama’s childhood and cocktails with miniature umbrellas, Hawaii was known for its plentiful sandalwood and sugar trades. (The History Channel)

Videorama: Celebrate the anniversary by renting the 1961 Elvis Presley flick Blue Hawaii. (YouTube)

“On The Beach of Waikiki”: Don a hula skirt, and learn why the ukulele is popular again. (mental_floss)

This Side of Paradise: If you are planning a Hawaiian getaway before summer’s end, then check out these 16 attractions in Oahu, Hawaii. (BuzzFeed)

Paradise Lost: Not to be a “Debbie Downer,” but out of all of the airports in the country, Honolulu’s is most likely to make you sick. (

Lava Land: The sole resident of an abandoned volcano town was forced to evacuate on March 2nd because of “encroaching lava.” (The Daily What)

Kula: That’s Hawaiian for school. This link doesn’t have anything to do with The Aloha State, but this slideshow of the world’s most beautiful public schools highlights some schools that certainly look like paradise. (Flavorwire)

Tiki Streaker: Remember last year when a streaker crashed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Waikiki? (Honolulu Star Advertiser)