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50th State (August 21, 1959), Group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean U.S.

Flag of the State of Hawaii
The eight strips represent
the eight major islands

State Abbreviation: HI

Nickname: Aloha State

Origin of Name: Possibly from "Havaiki" or "Hawaiki," which according to legend was the name of the original homeland of the Polynesians.


Hawaii State Symbols:

Capital: Honolulu
Motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Hawaii State Seal
Bird: Nene or Hawaiian Goose
Butterfly: Kamehameha butterfly
Dance: Hula
Flower: Yellow Hibiscus
Fish: Humuhumunukunuku apua'a (Hawaiian Trigger Fish)
Gemstone: Black coral
Marine Mammal: Humpback whales
Mammal:Hawaiian monk seal
Song: Hawaii Ponoi (Hawaii's Own)
Tree: Kukui also known as the Candlenut

Hawaii State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Putumayo Kids Presents: Hawaiian Playground

Playful island tunes.

Enjoy lively upbeat tunes of Hawaii. Be transported to the warm tropical islands as you listen to delightful voices and the music of ukuleles and slide guitars. A colorful and warming CD for children and adults.

Things to Know

English and Hawaiian are official languages. English is the main language spoken in the Hawaiian Islands. Most residents of Hawaii speak English. It is commonly used by the state, business', and schools.

Hawaii is the southernmost U.S. state and the only state made up of islands. Ka Lae on the island of Hawaii is the southern most point of the USA.

How did the Hawaiian Islands form?

Mount Waialeale on Kauai is the wettest place on earth. It receives annually 460 inches of rain.

Mauna Loa located on the island of Hawaii is the largest volcano on Earth.

There are wet caves and sea caves in Hawaii.

Hawaii The Islands of Life
The Nature Conservancy

Hawaii's Plants & Wildlife

Hawaii's Native Birds

Agriculture in Hawaii (sugarcane, pineapple, macadamia nuts and coffee)
Farmland covers about 40% of Hawaii.

Butterflies of Hawaii
Variety of butterflies in Hawaii.

In 1778, the Hawaiian Islands were discovered by Captain James Cook and renamed the "Sandwich Islands" after the Earl of Sandwich.

Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch (1881-1893) of the Hawaiian islands..

The State of Hawaii is comprised of eight major islands: Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Moloka, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niiahu. 75% of Hawaii's people live on Oahu. Hawaii was originally ruled by Polynesian monarchs before it became a republic in 1894.

Major Rivers: Wailuku River (on the island of Hawaii), Anahulu River (on the island of Oahu)

Famous Hawaiians

Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became A Warrior King (Heritage Classics)
By Ellie Crowe

An award winning book with gorgeous artwork that tells the story of Hawaii's first king, this book chronicles the life of King Kamehameha I from childhood to his ascension to becoming one of Hawaii s greatest kings.


Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President

Kaahumanu (1772?-1832) Hawaiian queen

Kamehameha I first Hawaiian king

Kamehameha V last of the dynasty

Liliuokalani (1838 - 1917) queen, last Hawaiian monarch

Ellison Onizuka (1946-1986) astronaut

Merlin Tuttle mammalogist

Coral Reefs

Corals and Coral Reefs
Information about corals and how to grow your own coral.

Coral Reef Fish Coloring Pages

Pacific Coral Reef Coloring Book
Information and pictures about the Pacific Coral Reef.

Lesson Plans

Understanding Volcanoes-Make a volcano (k-5)

Volcano Unit Grade 5


The ukulele originated in the 19th Century as a Hawaiian interpretation of small Portuguese guitar-like instruments.

Things to Do

Have a Hawaiian Luau

Hawaii Color Pages

Things to Do-Other Sites

Sharks Facts

`Iolani Palace
The only royal palace in the USA.

Wiki-Wiki Scavenger Hunt
Can you find the answers to these questions on animals in Hawaii.

The Division of Forestry & Wildlife developed a wetland poster that is printable.

Pearl Harbor

National Geographic: Pearl Harbor
Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack to life-moment by moment, target by target.

Attack At Pearl Harbor, 1941
Eyewitness account from a sailor onboad the USS Arizona (be careful there are some gory parts)

Today in History: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor
The attack on Pearl Harbor an event from American history is illustrated by digitized items from the Library of Congress American Memory historic collections.

Color Pages

Story of Hawaii Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
By Y.S. Green

Color beautiful pictures and learn the history of Hawaii.


Hawaii State Flag

Hawaii Color Pages

Things To Do-Other Sites

Hawaii State Quarter
Read about the Hawaii State Quarter and print out the color page.

Crossword Puzzles
Many crossword puzzles about Hawaii to print and do

The Hawaiian Tree Snail Origami
Print and fold an origami Hawaiian Tree Snail

Aloha Shirt Origami


Find your Hawaiian name!
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters: a, e, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, u, w. Learn what your name is in Hawaiian and how to pronounce it.

Native Tongue -- Learn some Hawaiian
Contains audio and a glossary of the Hawaiian language.


Tour Hawaii
Tour around the islands.

Stories To Read

Mythology and Legends


Happy Face Spider is found only on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii.


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