Facts Hawaii is one of the 50 states in the United States. It is the youngest of the states. It became a state on August 21, 1959. It is the only state made up entirely of islands. Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean. The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu, which is located on the island of O’ahu. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk2DKR6IvW0
Population The population of Hawaii is around 1.3 million people. The official language in Hawaii is English. A second official language in Hawaii is Hawaiian. Less than 1% of the population of Hawaii speaks Hawaiian. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRQt8xsdC9Q
Hawaii is the only state in the United States that: Is not geographically located in North America Grows coffee Is completely surrounded by water Is made entirely out of a chain of islands Has a royal palace
Climate Hawaii has a tropical climate In the summer, the temperature typically reaches the upper 80’s. In the winter, the temperature can be anywhere between 60-80 degrees. Most of Hawaii only has two seasons. The dry season is from May to October and the wet season lasts from October to April.
Aloha! Aloha is a Hawaiian greeting. When people meet, they can greet each other by saying aloha! Aloha also means goodbye. This word also means affection, love, peace, compassion, and mercy.
What to do in Hawaii Hawaii is best known for its beaches and water activities. Surfing is by far the most popular water sport in Hawaii, and scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities exist nearly everywhere. In addition, jet skiing, parasailing and kayaking are available in tourist areas.
Volcanoes The Hawaiian islands were created by volcanic eruptions that happened millions of years ago. There are currently 3 active volcanoes in Hawaii. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visitors can come close to the most active volcano in the world. Kilauea is the name of the most active volcano. It has been continuously erupting since 1983.
Leis A lei is a series of objects strung together and worn (commonly around the neck). Leis in Hawaii are usually made out of flowers and are given as a gift when people arrive and leave. Leis symbolize affection, love, appreciation and friendship.
Luau A luau is a Hawaiian feast complete with lots of food and entertainment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80R7ES9efbI&feature=relmfu
Hanauma Bay “Hana” means bay and “uma” means curve. Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii. It is known for having lots of green sea turtle and this area has laws protecting the animals that live in the area. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNkq7xnDDP8&feature=related
Pearl Harbor Located on the island of O’ahu and is the location for a United States Navy base. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy began a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This attack led to the United States involvement in World War II.
Maui Ocean Center 'The Hawaiian Aquarium,' is a three-acre, state-of-the-art aquarium and marine park allowing visitors a close look at the undersea world surrounding the Hawaiian islands. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Be-HX0IWg
Beaches Probably the most popular thing to do in Hawaii is enjoy the beaches. Hawaii is known worldwide for having great beaches and both visitors and natives enjoy spending time at the beach. Today, Waikiki is one of the most popular beaches in the world and is one of the best spots in Hawaii to take surfing lessons.