Photographs often are the best way to show dramatic changes in Hawaii, providing an easy update on landmarks, persons and events. At other times, however, photos showing minimal changes during the years remind us that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Look for examples of big and little changes every Monday in "It's about time," which will inform, update and prod a few memories.
Boy Scout Promotes
Although Hawaii residents celebrated becoming the 50th state Friday, it was 41 years ago today that Admission Day was proclaimed. The third Friday in August later was set as the official day of celebration. Milton Motooka doesn't quite remember the circumstances surrounding this June 14, 1959, photo showing him in his Boy Scout uniform, promoting a "yes" vote for statehood. But it was in June of that year that a general plebiscite was held in Hawaii, with voters approving a congressional bill for statehood by a 17-1 margin. Motooka does remember that "scouting was my primary extracurricular activity when I was in school." He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13 as a member of Troop 13 at Central Intermediate School. Motooka went on to graduate from Punahou School in 1965 and received his law degree from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. Practicing law since 1972, he is now a partner in the firm of Love, Yamamoto & Motooka.