Legislation introduced to the Hawaii House of Representatives would officially celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
State Rep. Kaniela Ing (D) on Friday introduced the bill -- H.R. 145 -- to designate February 12 of every year as "Charles Darwin Day" in Hawaii.
The resolution describes Darwin as "arguably the most influential person in science," noting that his ideas on evolution have shaped modern biology.
"Darwin’s theories were the beginning of a momentous change in the understanding of evolution that have led to significant strides in the field of science all over the world as well as here in Hawaii, where university programs and academic professionals have continued to make new advancements and developments in understanding the world, while also giving new meaning and insight into Darwin’s vision," the bill states.
The resolution also says that the theory of evolution has "furthered the survival of the human race by allowing researchers and scientists to make significant progress in the fields of science, technology, and medicine," and continues to inspire "scientists, philosophers, and students to explore and develop new theories of mankind."
The bill is similar to legislation that was introduced to the U.S. House by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) this year.