On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted into the United States of America and was granted its statehood and recognition as the 50th state. Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean and is used by the American military as a naval base. It is also the location of Pearl Harbor, which suffered a devastating attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 during World War II.  It is a convenient location for vessels trying to sail across the ocean toward Asia from the United States. There are 1.2 million people living on the Hawaii islands. For more information about of Hawaii please stop by the Jacinto City Library and pick up one of the many books on the subject we have available!