After 93 percent of Hawaiians voted to become a state, Hawaii was officially welcomed into the United States at a ceremony in Washington on Aug. 12, 1959. A new American flag with a 50th star for Hawaii was officially unfurled on July 4, 1960.
Proponents of statehood for Hawaii had been active in the island territory since 1903, when the territorial parliament passed a resolution to try for statehood. The first Hawaii statehood bill was presented to Congress in 1919 by Hawaiian Representative Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana?ole, the legal heir to Queen Liliuokalani, last queen of Hawaii. Resolutions were again passed in 1935 and 1937, but only after Hawaii figured so importantly in World War II was its request to become a state taken seriously by Congress.