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Hawaii Facts

Area: 10,932 square miles
Population: 1,262,840 (2004)

State Capital: Honolulu People: American Official Language: Hawaii has two official state languages: English and Hawaiian Languages Spoken: English, Hawaiian, Pidgin, Samoan, Tongan Government: Republican Head of State: Governor Linda Lingle Major Industries: Tourism and Agriculture (bananas, pineapples, sugar, macadamia nuts, taro) Time Zone: Hawaiian Time Zone. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time. Admission to union: 50th State Date entered the union: August 21, 1959 Origin of state name: Hawaii may been named for the traditional home of the Polynesians, Hawaii or Hawaiki, called "Owhyhee". Nicknames: Aloha State State Motto: "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono" - The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness State Song: "Hawaii Ponoi" (Hawaii's Own) Major Rivers - Wailuku River (on the island of Hawaii), Anahulu River (on the island of Oahu) Major Lakes - Salt Lake Highest Point - Mauna Kea - 13796 feet (4,205 m) above sea level Bordering Body of Water - Pacific Ocean Islands: Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Niihau, Kaho' olawe County governments: 5 Municipal governments: 1 Highest Temp 100 degrees on April 27, 1931 at Pahala Lowest Temp 12 degrees on May 17, 1979 at Mauna Kea

Hawaii is still home to one of the rarest species of monk seal, so-called because of the cowl-like folds of skin around its neck. Hawaiians know it as ilio holo kai, meaning 'dog that runs in the sea'.

Term Image Definition
State Bird Nene The Hawaiian goose
(Branta sandwicensis)
State Marine Mammal Humpback whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)
State Fish Humuhumunukunukuapua'a The Reef triggerfish
(Rhinecanthus rectangulus)
State Flower Yellow Hibiscus - a.k.a. the Pua aloalo
State Tree Kukui - a.k.a. the Candlenut Tree
State Gem Black coral
State Soil Hilo
State Dance Hula
State Individual Sport Surfing
State Team Sport Outrigger Canoe Paddling

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