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Simmering Disputes Over Statehood Are About Politics And Race. They Always Have Been

Six-year-old Mary “Dodie” Brown holds a copy of the 1959 special Hawaii statehood edition of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. George Bacon/Hawaii State Archives hide caption

 

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When Arthur Roland Kam thinks back to 1959, he remembers how everyone around him felt a huge political shift as Hawaii became the country’s 50th state.

“For a Hawaiian citizen, it was great because it had been a long time coming,” Kam describes. He was 28 years old, working for Pan Am on the island of Oahu.

“It was
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