Hawaii

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Hawaii Quick Facts

Entered the Union: August 21, 1959 (50)
Capital: Honolulu
Origin of Name: The islands may have been named by Hawaii Loa, their traditional discoverer. Or after Hawaii or Hawaiki, the traditional home of the Polynesians.
State Nicknames: Aloha State & Paradise of the Pacific
State Motto: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
(Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono)
State Bird: Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
State Tree: Kukui (Candlenut)
State Animal: Humpback Whale
State Flower: Yellow Hibiscus
State Song: “Hawaii Ponoi”
Famous for: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pearl Harbor Memorials, Waikiki Beach

Other Hawaii Facts

Nickname
Hawaii state’s nickname is “Aloha State’, because the word ‘Aloha’ is one of the most commonly used words in Hawaiian Language. Based on the context, Aloha can mean ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘love’, ‘best wishes’ or even ‘goodbye’

Tropical
Hawaii is the only US state with a tropical rain forest

Southern US
Ka Lae on the Big Island of Hawaii is the southernmost point in the United States

No Pool
The Hawaii is one of four US states that have outlawed billboards (The others are Alaska, Maine, and Vermont)

Place of the gods
The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning ‘place of the gods’ or ‘homeland’.

World War II
Pearl Harbor near Honolulu is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It was shot into headlines when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, an event that brought the USA into World War II

Hawaii By the Numbers

Islands

Hawaii is the only US state made up entirely of islands. It is composed of 132 islands – eight main islands (Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe) and 124 islets, reefs, and shoals. Hawaii is the southernmost state in the USA

Miles

From east to west, Hawaii is the second widest state in the United States (behind Alaska), measuring 1,523 miles (2,451 km) from the island of Ni’ihau to the island of Hawai’i

'th Smallest

Hawaii is the 8th smallest, the 11th least populous, but the 13th most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states

Feet above sea level

Standing 13,803 ft (4,207 m) above sea level, the peak of Mauna Kea is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the Big island of Hawaii. It is the world’s biggest and tallest volcano. It is also the tallest (not highest, because most of it is under the sea) mountain on Earth.

Hollywood Movies

Kauai, also known as the ‘Garden Isle’ is famous for its jagged green mountains, white-sand beaches and tropical landscapes. More than 60 Hollywood movies have been filmed here, including Jurassic Park.

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