State abbreviation: HI
Total area: 6,471 square miles (16,759 square km)
State bird: Hawaiian goose
State flower: Yellow Hibiscus
Nicknames: Aloha State
Main cities: Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waipahu, Pearl City, Waimalu
DID YOU KNOW…?
• Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
• More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
• There are only 12 letters in the native Hawaiian alphabet.
• From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
• Honolulu is the largest city in the world – at least it has the longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states.
• Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.
• The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state’s best surfing beaches are on Oahu.
• Molokai’s east end is a tropical rain forest and part of the island, which receives 240 inches of rainfall a year.
• Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park is home to rare African and Indian animals.
• The island of Lanai was once the home of the world’s largest pineapple plantations.
• Hulope Bay is a marine preserve and considered one of the best diving spots in the
• Kilauea Iki is the world’s most active and largest volcano.
• Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (measured from its base at the ocean floor).
• The island houses the world’s biggest telescope and more scientifi c observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world.
• The island is the worldwide leader in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids.