Hawaii is a state that consists of a series of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America, and it’s the only state completely surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii is a string of 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles. Eight of those islands are the major islands where most Hawaiians live. By and large, the islands were created by volcanoes that rose up out of the Pacific Ocean. There are still five active volcanoes on Hawaii, and four of them are on the largest Hawaiian island which is called, appropriately, The Big Island. The fifth active volcano is located on the island of Maui, which is a very popular tourist destination.
Hawaii’s rich soil is an important natural resource. Hawaiian farms grow sugarcane, pineapples, coffee, macadamia nuts, and flowers, and these are all important sources of income for the state’s economy. But tourism is the state’s leading source of income.
Some Things You May Not Know About Hawaii
- The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu.
- Hawaii is the only U.S. state with two official languages: English and Hawaiian.
- And Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, was born in Honolulu.
- The hula is a traditional Hawaiian dance that tells a story through movement. And dancers often wear grass skirts and flowery necklaces called leis.
- The beach-side sport of surfing may have originated in Hawaii long before it became a state. Today professional surfers sometimes ride waves over 50 feet high.
Fact #1: Snakes are outlawed in Hawaii. So the only snakes you’ll find in Hawaii are displayed in zoos.
Fact #2: Honolulu is not only the capital of the state, it’s also the largest city. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Oahu is the most highly populated island of Hawaii.
Fact #3: Hawaii was the first state to fully ban the use of plastic bags.
Fact #4: Before Hawaii became a state, it was a U.S. territory. Before that, it was a Pacific-Ocean paradise ruled by a king and a queen. And today, many Hawaiians are working hard to preserve and protect the native culture.
Fact #5: In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to join the United States of America. That’s when President Eisenhower issued an order for the American flag to have 50 stars. That’s why our flag has six five-star rows and four five-star rows, which, when you to the math adds up to 50 stars, which is one for each state.
Just for fun, see if you can answer these questions.
What is the capital of Hawaii? Is it Maui, Honolulu, or Hula City?
Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii. It is also the state’s largest city.
Is Hawaii located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, or the Arctic Ocean?
Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean.
How many official languages does Hawaii have? One, two, or three?
Hawaii has two official languages: English and Hawaiian.
How many active volcanoes are on Hawaii? 5. 10, 15, or 20.
Currently, Hawaii has five active volcanoes.
If you have time, you can write a story of your own.
Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.
Idea #1: You can write a brief story about some of the cool things you learned about Hawaii.
Idea #2: If you had a choice between flying to Hawaii on a jet (which takes about five or six hours) or taking a cruise ship (which takes about five days) which would you choose? And why?You can write a story about a famous Texan: Sam Houston. For more information about Sam Houston, click here.
To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.
Check out “10 Tips for Writing Better Essays.”
Here's a riddle for you:
Why did the dolphin cross the bay?
To get to the other tide.