August 8, 2009, 3:15 AM HST · Updated August 8, 10:41 AM

Image Courtesy: State of Hawaii, 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

Image Courtesy: State of Hawaii, 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

Fifty time capsules will be buried statewide as part of the events commemorating Hawaii’s anniversary of statehood.  The public has an opportunity to contribute items for a capsule that will be opened in 25 years on the 75th anniversary in 2034.

The capsule concept was crafted by the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

The 50 time capsules will be buried statewide and will contain memorabilia representing both Hawai’i’s past and present.  Seven of the capsules have been made available for Hawai’i residents to contribute memorabilia and will be buried on the grounds of the State Capitol in August. The remaining 43 time capsules will be distributed to the neighbor islands and schools throughout the state.

“As we look back on Hawai’i’s accomplishments and evolution over the last half-century, we are always keeping an eye on our future,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, the chair of the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.


“These time capsules are a way for us to reach out and touch future residents of our state, and share with them the Hawai’i of 2009,” said Chu.

Small items are being accepted by the commission at the State Capitol in Honolulu.

Here on Maui, a 50th Anniversary of Statehood event will be held on Saturday, August 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the A&B Amphitheater Lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Activities include sharing personal mana’o about 50 years of statehood for Hawai’i, and signing a community banner. Additional festivities include 50 cent hot dogs, shave ice, beverages, games, community booths, bouncy castles and a walk down memory lane with a performance by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats.

Admission is free.  The event is sponsored by the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission and presented by the County of Maui.

Following the event…”America” will have a concert on the Event Lawn. Tickets for that event are on sale at the MACC Box Office.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)



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