Hawaii

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Abbreviation HI
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Honolulu
Population 1,360,301
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Neil Abercrombie (Democrat, to December 2018)
Entered the Union August 21, 1959
as the 50th state
Motto Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Nickname The Aloha State
Flower Yellow Hibiscus
Bird Nene
Song Hawaii Ponoi (Hawaii's Own)
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name The islands may have been named by Hawaii Loa, their traditional discoverer. They may also have been named after Hawaii or Hawaiki, the traditional home of the Polynesians
Historical Sites Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Kealakekua Bay, Royal Mausoleum
Points of Interest Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, Waikiki Beach, Akaka Falls, Aloha Tower, Barking Sands, Sea Life Park, Waimea Canyon
Bordering States Hawaii is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
Flag Hawaii's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Hawaii from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Hawaii
    http://www.50states.com/hawaii.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Hawaii. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Hawaii
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/HI/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Hawaii's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Hawaii Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/hi
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Aloha-Hawaii.com
    http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/
    Use this online magazine to learn more about Hawaiian travels.
  • Hawaii.com: Your Click-it to Paradise
    http://www.hawaii.com/
    This site is an online resource for Hawaiian information of all kinds, specializing in visiting Hawaii, living in Hawaii, and moving to Hawaii.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Hawaii
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/15000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Hawaii.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters: a, e, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, u, w. Follow this link to find your Hawaiian name!
  • The wettest place on earth is Mount Waialeale on Kauai. It receives an average of 460 inches of rain a year.
  • Hawaii consists of a chain of 132 islands. Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niiahu are the largest. 75% of Hawaii's people live on Oahu.
  • The southernmost point of any state in the U. S. is Ka Lae (South Point) on the island of Hawaii. However, Rose Atoll in American Samoa, a U.S. territory, and Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, a U.S. research station in the Antarctic, are much further south.
  • Hawaii was originally ruled by Polynesian monarchs before it became a republic in 1894.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Tia Carrere, singer and actress, was born January 2, 1966, in Honolulu. She is most well-known for her role as Wayne's girlfriend in the "Wayne's World" movies.
  • Hiram L. Fong, the first Chinese-American senator, was born in 1907.
  • Don Ho, singer
  • Senator Daniel K. Inouye was not only the first member of the U.S. Congress from Hawaii, but also the first Japanese American to serve in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. He was born in Honolulu in 1924.
  • Bette Midler, singer and actress, was born December 1, 1945, in Honolulu. She has won a Tony award, 2 Golden Globe awards, a Grammy, and an Oscar nomination.
  • Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, the first African-American U.S. President, and the first U.S. President born outside of the 48 contiguous U.S. states.