Explore America: Hawai'i

Enjoy a playlist from Musics of Hawaiʻi: Anthology of Hawaiian Music on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and discover five things you probably don't know about the ‛ukulele. Learn about Smithsonian research efforts in Hawaiʻi that range from the sea to the stars. 

In Many Voices, One Nation, learn how Hawai‛i went from being a nation to an American state when American business leaders overthrew Queen Liliuokalani. Despite Native Hawaiian protests, the United States annexed Hawai‛i as a territory in 1898. Hawai‛i became the 50th state on August 21, 1959, after a long and difficult path to statehood.