Power to the People

Aloha Friday! It's a state holiday, so enjoy an early cocktail on our lanai and take advantage of $6 Absolut. Order an Abosolut Mandarin Punch - made with ginger ale and pineapple juice - it'll be a unique tribute to Hawaiian history.
Tonight, DJ/VJ Matt is on at 10PM to show off his latest videos and get you bouncing to his beats. Never a cover and always fun!

Today we celebrate Hawaii Statehood Day. It's been 57 years since 94% of Hawaiians voted for statehood and President Eisenhower signed a bill making Hawaii the 50th state. Drink a toast to our history!

Bacchus celebrates the anniversary of Hawaiian statehood and thanks the local Hawaiian-born men who make Bacchus a stop on their visits to Waikiki.

A Little Hawaiian Statehood history for those who don't already know...

In 1919, Hawaii's elected Territorial Delegate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole introduced the first bill for Hawaii statehood into Congress. It did not pass primarily because of the racial prejudices. There was a fear of establishing a state that was governed by an ethnic minority, namely the large Asian American population. Lawmakers questioned the American patriotism of Hawaii residents.

On November 5, 1940, the Hawaii general election ballot included the question "Do you favor Statehood for Hawaii?" and the vote was 46,174 (67%) "yes" and 22,438 "No."

During the 1950's, Republican Territorial Delegates Joseph Farrington and Elizabeth Farrington, Democratic Territorial Delegate John Burns, Republican Governor Samuel Wilder King, and a large majority of Hawaii citizens strongly supported statehood but encountered persistent opposition in Congress.

Southern Congressional leaders charged that Burns' election was evidence of Hawaii as a haven for communism. It was obfuscation to veil their racism.

Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson was no friend of statehood. There were 22 times when he voted against Hawaiian statehood. He did everything he could, because he was representing the Southern racial opposition.

Eventually, Burns and Johnson reached a compromise that led to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passage of a Hawaii statehood bill. President Eisenhower signed it on March 18, 1959, offering statehood to Hawaii pending ratification by Hawaii's citizens.

On June 27, 1959, Hawaii held a plebiscite where 140,744 ballots were cast on Proposition 1 which asked "Shall Hawaii immediately be admitted to the Union as a state?" and the vote was 132,773 "Yes" to 7,971 "No", thereby confirming an overwhelming majority of 94% in favor of statehood.

On August 18, 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the Union.

Then, on August 21, 1959, President Eisenhower proclaimed that "the procedural requirements imposed by the Congress on the State of Hawaii to entitle that state to admission to the Union have been complied with in all respects and that the admission of the State of Hawaii into the Union on an equal footing with other states of the Union is now accomplished."

And that's why we celebrate Statehood Day on the third Friday in August.

Come to Bacchus today and drink with us and enjoy the start of your weekend.