Hawaii State Facts and Symbols

Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959 and is the 40th largest state by population with about 1.4 million residents. It is also the 47th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 10,931 square miles. Honolulu, the state capital, is Hawaii's largest city with a population of approximately 375,000 people.

Hawaii is comprised of eight major islands. They are as follows (from smallest to largest): Kahoolawe, Niihau, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Hawaii State Quarter.

Hawaii State Flag

Hawaii State Flag

Hawaii State Facts

Hawaii State Capital - Honolulu

State Nickname - The Aloha State

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

State Flower - pua ma‘o hau hele; Hibiscus brackenridgei (Yellow hibiscus)

State Tree - Kukui Tree

State Plant - Kalo

State Bird - Nene (Hawaiian Goose)

State Fish - Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
(Rectangular Trigger Fish or Hawaiian Trigger Fish)

State Insect - Pulelehua (Kamehameha butterfly)

State Mammal - Hawaiian Monk Seal

State Marine Mammal - Humpback Whale

State Dance - Hula

State Individual Sport - Surfing

State Team Sport - Outrigger Canoe Paddling

State Gemstone - Black Coral

Hawaii State Map:

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Hawaii State Map

Hawaii State Song:

Hawai`i Pono`i
Words by King David Kalakaua.
Music by Professor Henry Berger, the Royal Bandmaster.

Hawaii ponoi Nana i kou, moi
Kalani Alii, ke Alii.
Makua lani e Kamehameha e
Na kaua e pale Me ka ihe.

Hawaii's own true sons, be loyal to your chief
Your country's liege and lord, the Alii(1).
Father above us all, Kamehameha(2),
Who guarded in the war with his ihe(3).

(1) Alii (ah-lee-ee) sovereign

(2) Kamehameha (Kah-may'-ha-may'-ha)
king who first unified the islands.

(3) Ihe (ee-hay) spear

Hawaii State Quarter

Hawaii State Quarter - FrontHawaii State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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