21 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 21 vintage photos will make you want to hop on the next flight to Honolulu.

Vintage photos of Hawaii pre-statehood
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Vintage photos of Hawaii pre-statehood
UNSPECIFIED - MAY 03: The Royal Palace Honolulu al Sandwich Islands photo by John Lawson Stoddard (1850 1931) Voyageur and conferencier publication Education for Chicago (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Waikiki, HI: Boys surfing at Waikiki, Hawaii. Undated photograph.
Natives dancing the hula. (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A pineapple worker picking pineapples from the plantation. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Waikiki Beach w. Diamond Head in rear as seen from across the bay at the Royal Hawaiian. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Two couples, one in tails, dance on the beach in the early morning to the sounds of a ukelele, Hawaii circa 1920. (Photo by Pam Beauchamp/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Waikiki beach on Oahu, with Diamond Head in the background, Honolulu, Hawaii, circa 1925. (Photo by Underwood & Underwood/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
A native Hawaiian dancer performing while other women keep rhythm with gourds, Hawaii, circa 1924. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
A surfer at Waikiki Beach stands on his head as he rides a wave into the shore, Honolulu, Hawaii, circa 1925. Diamond Head is in the background. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Four Japanee tourists pose at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach with a native Hawaiian and his long surfboard, Honolulu, Hawaii, circa 1930. (Photo by Tai Sing Loo/Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Tourists peer into the mouth of Halemaumau, which means 'House of Everlasting Fire', the inner crater of Kilauea. Situated on the slopes of Mauna Loa on central Hawaii Island, Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
15th January 1932: A group of Hawaiian girls sitting against a tropical background. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 1932-Honolulu, Hawaii- Aerial photo of Waikiki Beach, taken from a Navy seaplane. The Manao Hotel is in the center.
Hawaiian swimming stars Duke Kahanamoku (left) and his younger brother Sam at a break during the tryouts at the Olympic Pool in Long Beach for the 1924 Summer Olympics, Long Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Duke won the 100meter freestyle gold at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Staff members of the Pan American Airways base here have created a full size golf course in the island sands, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, October 15, 1936. The two members here are playing through the local hazard, albatross, otherwise known as gooney birds. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Gov. of Hawaii Samuel Wilder King and his wife walking in the street with many petitioners regarding the issue of statehood. (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A view of Honolulu from Punch Bowl crater, showing a portion of the US Navy fleet in Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 29, 1940. The Army and Navy are rushing work on 17 air bases in the Hawaiian area. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Housing on hillsides of Honolulu. (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A Hawaiian woman dances on a grass mat while two other women watch, Hawaii, circa 1900. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Pineapple Field on Plantation (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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