14 vintage photos of Hawaii from before it became a state

Hawaii 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 14 vintage photos will make you want to hop on the next flight to Honolulu:

Hawaii before it was a state
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Hawaii before it was a state

January 1890: Locals mill outside 'Iolani Palace, the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Early 1900s: View of a surf rider, from the Hawaiian islands, with Diamond Head in the distance.

(Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

1901: Vendors sell beautiful lei garlands.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 Male hula dancers find a groove.

(Photo by Michael Maslan/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

A group of farm workers surround harvested pineapples in the middle of a field on Oahu. (Date Unkown) 

Photo Credit: Getty

1920: Two couples dance on the beach in the early morning to the sounds of a ukulele.

 (Photo by Pam Beauchamp/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

1924: A native Hawaiian dancer performs while other women keep rhythm with gourds.

 (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

1925: Diamond Head looms on the horizon at Waikiki Beach on Oahu.

 (Photo by Underwood & Underwood/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

1925: A surfer at Waikiki Beach stands on his head as he rides a wave into the shore.

(Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

1930: Four Japanese tourists pose at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach.

 (Photo by Tai Sing Loo/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

1930: Tourists peer into mouth of Halemaumau or "House of Everlasting Fire," the inner crater of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world at the time.

 (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

January 1932: A group of Hawaiian girls sit against a tropical background.

 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

October 1936: Employees of PanAm Airways in Hawaii play golf amongst the albatrosses on a makeshift, full-size course on the beach at Midway Island.

 (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Gorgeous pineapple fields stretch for miles (date unknown).

(Photo by  Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)


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


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