( The Aloha State / Paradise of the Pacific )
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:
The Flag of Hawaii|
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.)
1,211,537 (188.6 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 47th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: None
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Hawaii, there are 460,542 housing units, averaging to 71.7 per sq mile.
Posters and Artwork|
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 8"