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Fun Facts About Hawaii

Oahu Mountain Range


Perhaps you’ve always wondered how Hawaii got its name, or what the state bird is. We’re here to answer all those little questions below. Hopefully you’ll learn some valuable tidbits to share with family and friends!

State song: “Hawaii Ponoi”

Capital: Honolulu

Also known as: Aloha State

Became a state: August 21, 1959. It was the 50th state.

Flag: Horizontal stripes (eight of them), in white, red and blue to represent the three major islands of Hawaii. The British Union Jack (symbolizing when the islands were under British rule) in the upper left corner.

Motto: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, which translates to: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

Bird: Hawaiian goose, also known as nene

Flower: Yellow hibiscus

Tree: Candlenut

Size: Located in the northern Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian islands rank number 47 out of 50 states in terms of size.

Volcanoes: There are eight major and 124 minor islands that comprise Hawaii, and they were all formed when volcanoes erupted. Mauna Loa is the biggest active volcano on the planet, with a summit that reaches 13,675 feet up.

Rainfall: Mt. Waialeale on Kauai holds the distinction of being the rainiest place on the globe, getting a yearly total of 486 inches.

Population: The largest city on Hawaii is the capital, Honolulu, home to more than 277,000. Hawaii is 42nd in terms of population in the United States, home to 1,275,194 back in in 2005. Nearly four-fifths of the people live on Oahu.

Language: Most people in Hawaii speak English primarily. Natives speak Hawaiian pidgin, which comprises elements of Hawaiian, English, and Asia Pacific languages.

Natives: The earliest inhabitants of Hawaii hailed from Polynesia. They came over in canoes up to 1,400 years ago from Southeast Asia.

Economy: Tourism is Hawaii’s main economic growth factor, with agricultural diversification and cultivation of flowers coming second. Also contributing to the economy is aquaculture, and even film and television production.

Now that you know some fast facts about Hawaii, you can impress your friends! Get in touch with Hoku Hawaii Tours to book your next excursion.