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( The Aloha State / Paradise of the Pacific )
Hawaii Map The name Hawaii is believed to be an English adaptation of the native word for "homeland" (hawaiki or owhyhee). First settled by Polynesians sailing from other Pacific islands between A.D. 300 and 600, Hawaii was visited in 1778 by British Captain James Cook, who called the group the Sandwich Islands. Following its annexation in 1898, Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1900. Hawaii is the youngest state, joining the Union in 1959 as the 50th state, just after Alaska. Hawaii is world famous for its pleasant climate and spectacular beauty. It has deep-blue seas, brilliantly colored flowers, graceful palm trees, magnificent waterfalls and dramatic volcanoes. Hawaii consists of a chain of 132 islands; the eight main islands are at the southeastern end of the chain. Hawaii, the "Aloha State" has many customs originating from the original Polynesian settlers. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Hawaii include: Erin Gray, Kelly Hu,

The Flag of Hawaii
Hawaii state flag Entered the Union in 1959 as the 50th State; flag adopted in 1816, modified in 1845. The British Union Jack recalls the one presented to King Kamehameha I in 1793 by Captain George Vancouver. The eight stripes are for the principal islands of Hawaii.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Honolulu, 371,657; Hilo, 40,759; Kailua, 36,513; Kaneohe, 34,970; Waipahu, 33,108; Pearl City, 30,976; Waimalu, 29,371; Mililani Town, 28,608; Kahului, 20,146; Kihei, 16,749
Business and Trade in Hawaii
Agriculture: Sugarcane, pineapples, nursery stock, livestock, macadamia nuts.

Industries: Tourism, food processing, apparel, fabricated metal products, stone, clay, and glass products.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Nene (Hawaiian goose)
  • Flower: Pua Aloalo (hibiscus brackenridgei)
  • Tree: Kukui - Candlenut (aleurites moluccana)
  • Song(s): Hawaii Ponoi - Hawaii's Own
  • Motto: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.)

Hawaii Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary - Honolulu
Kalaupapa National Historical Park - Kalaupapa
Lyman Museum and Mission House - Hilo
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hawai'i National Park
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve - Honolulu
capital  Capital: Honolulu

statehood  Statehood: 1959-08-21

population  Population:
1,211,537 (188.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 10,930.98
    Water 4,508.36
    Land 6,422.62
    Rank 47th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: None

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Hawaii, there are 460,542 housing units, averaging to 71.7 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Surfer on Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Surfer on Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 18"
Aerial View of a Beach, Makapu, Hawaii, USA
Photographic Print 96" x 32"
Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii
Photographic Print 12" x 9"
Coastal Rocks in Hawaii
Giclee Print 40" x 40"
Grand Piano on a Concert Hall Stage, University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Photographic Print 36" x 12"
Protea Flower, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Photographic Print 18" x 24"

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