HONOLULU — A Hawaiian birthday wish is coming to an end.
Hawaiian officials said Monday that the State Board of Health will end a 30-year tradition of sending a birthday wish to every U.S. citizen.
The wish, which is often considered an act of love, will be sent to all Americans, regardless of citizenship.
Instead of sending the birthday wish through a formal mail delivery service, it will be mailed to every citizen.
David Ige said the wish was a tribute to Hawaii’s “freedom and independence” and a way for Hawaiians to honor their 50th birthday.
“This is a reminder of the tremendous contributions to our state and nation made by people from every corner of our islands, and the people of Hawaii,” Ige wrote in a statement.
Ige said Hawaii will celebrate its 150th birthday next year.