Hawaii was first annexed by the United States in 1898 when the Queen of Hawaii was deposed, perhaps unfairly. It was annexed by the United States through the Newlands Resolution but it still had its own Queen as sovereign. When she died in 1917 Hawaii was still a territory.
Hawaii was admitted as a U.S. state on August 21, 1959. It was the 50th state, and then Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act and President Eisenhower signed it.
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Hawaii took its sweet time to become a state. It took from the time they became a territory in 1898 until 1958 to become official. There were many petitions along the way. The reason they became a territory in the first place was due in part to the plantations there and the powers that were trying to avoid heavy taxation or any at all. But through the years, some of the natives bucked the thought of becoming a state.
Eventually though, they got many perks they got electricity and a say in the United States government like being able to vote for a Governor into Hawaii. Finally, the vote passed and Hawaii became a state after all their years as a territory and even the years that preceded that. Now, Hawaiians couldn't imagine having it any other way. They are, for the most part, as proud to be Americans as any other Americans are. It just took them longer than most states to get to that point.