Hawaii -- School-age


Hawaii Map Flag

State Abbreviation: HI

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

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.

Motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)

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

Flag of Hawaii

Flag of Hawaii
The eight strips represent the eight major islands


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.

There are wet caves and sea caves in Hawaii.

Hawaii The Islands of Life
The Nature Conservancy

Hawaii's Plants & Wildlife

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 Earlof Sandwich.

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

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.

Hawaii's Native Birds

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

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)

Recommended Book

Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became A Warrior King
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.

Famous Hawaiians

Kaahumanu (1772?-1832) Hawaiian queen

Kamehameha I first Hawaiian king

Liliuokalani (1838 - 1917) queen, last Hawaiian monarch

Ellison Onizuka (1946-1986) astronaut

Merlin Tuttle (1941 - ). mammalogist

Coral Reefs

Hawaii's Coral Reefs Lesson Unit Grade 4
A hands-on guide to Hawaii’s Coral Reef ecosystem.

Pacific Coral Reef Coloring Book (pdf)
Information and pictures about the Pacific Coral Reef.

Coral Reef Activity Book (pdf)

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

World Biomes-Coral Reef

Basic Facts About Coral Reefs



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

Pearl Harbor

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.

Things to Do

Recommended Book

Story of Hawaii Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

Color beautiful pictures and learn the history of Hawaii.


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.

Sites to See

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

Many crossword puzzles about Hawaii to print and do.

Sharks Facts

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

Aloha Shirt Origami

`Iolani Palace
The only royal palace in the USA.

Hawaii State Flag color page

Hawaii Color Pages

Tour Hawaii
Tour around the islands.

Recommended Books

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