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Hawaii By Air
Hawaii By Air

Hawaii by Jet

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state. A few weeks later, Pan Am began scheduled jetliner service to Honolulu. The combination of those two events brought a surge in tourism and profound changes to the Hawaiian Islands.

Even the most optimistic tourism forecasts fell short. By the late 1970s, tourism had grown into Hawaii's main economic engine, surpassing agriculture and the military combined.