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Government Links page for Hawaii
Great links page for all levels of government in Hawaii

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State of Hawaii Population:
1980 - 964.,691
1990 - 1,108,229
1998 - 1,193,001
2000 - 1,211,537

In 2000, Hawaii was 42nd largest of the state in population
Population density: 110.8 persons per square mile in 2000

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Hawaiian weather is quite consistent year-round. This is because of the warm sea surface temperatures that remain fairly consistent all year. Rather than four seasons in Hawaii, there are really only two - Summer and Winter. Summer generally goes from May to October and is called Kau in Hawaiian. Winter is known as Ho'oilo and generally runs from November to April.

Average Temperature: 85 degrees F. (29.4 C)
Average day-time winter temperature: 78 degrees F. (25.6 C)
Average day-time summer temperature: 85 degrees F. (29.4 C)
Average monthly high temperature: 87.1 degrees F.
Average monthly low temperature: 65.3 degrees F.
Record high temperature: 100 degrees F. on 27 April 1931 at Pahala
Record low temperature: 12 degrees F. on 17 May 1979 at Mauna Kea

There is not much change between daytime and nighttime temperatures.

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Information on some State Symbols

The State Bird: The Nene, which is pronounced "nay-nay," is often referred to as the Hawaiian goose. Living in the rough lava has helped the Nene to change from web feet to a claw-like shape. Its wing structure has modified itself to accommodate shorter flights. Until the Nene was protected in 1949, it was nearly extinct through hunting and wild animals.

The State Motto: King Kamehemeha III is said to have created this motto on 31 July 1843. It was at this time when the Hawaiian flag was raised again after a short takeover by a British Admiral. The motto is:
"Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," which means "The Life of the land is perpetuated in righteosness."

An Unofficial state symbol! The unofficial state fish the Hawaiian Triggerfish. The actual name is very long! It is Humuhumunukunukuapua`a, which is pronounced humuhumunukunukuapua.

The official Flowers of all 8 islands:
Hawaii - Red Lehua Ohia
Maui - Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose)
Molokai - White Kukui Blossom
Kahoolawe - Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope)
Lanai - Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant)
Oahu - Ilima
Kauai - Mokihona (Green Berry)
Niihau - Pupu Shell

Island Colors:
Hawaii - Red
Maui - Pink
Molokai - Green
Kahoolawe - Grey
Lanai - Orange
Oahu -Yellow
Kauai - Purple
Niihau - White

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Hawaii History Moments
links to many history moments in Hawaii

A history page for Hawaii
Hawaii history and genealogy
Kindred Trails page for the state of Hawaii
Hawaii Genealogy links page

History of the Father of Hawaiian Kings

Before its discovery in 1775 by Captain James Cook, the area was discovered by Polynesians who came in canoes sometime in the first 1,000 years after Christ. A kingdom until 1775, Captain Cook renamed the area the "Sandwich Islands" after the Earl of Sandwich. King Kamehameha I did not appreciate the name change and felt each island should have its own name. He wanted the group of islands referred to as the "Islands of the Kingdom of Hawaii."

Hawaii was a sovereign kingdom from 1843, when it was granted its independence from Great Britain, until 1893 when the government was overthrown. The last queen was Queen Liliuokalani. She also happens to be the writer of the famous Hawaiian song, "Aloha Oe." Hawaii became an official state on 21 August, 1959 as the 50th state of the United States.

Nicknames:The official nickname for Hawaii is the Aloha State.  This was made official in 1959, the same year as statehood for Hawaii.  Another nickname is the “Pineapple State” because of the pineapple grown here in abundance.  It is sometimes referred to as the “Youngest State” due to its position as last to become a state.  Because of the beauty of the islands, Hawaii is very often referred to as the “Paradise of the Pacific.”

Language: The official languages in Hawaii include both Hawaiian and English. The actual Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect. Rather than a 26 letter alphabet, there are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U AND W. There are 18 sounds in the spoken language. The `okina (` ) is like the sound between the ohs in oh-oh. It is also considered a consonant.

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Hawaii is made up of eight major islands that include: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kawai, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Lanai and Niihau.

Hawaii geography & maps

Highest point: The tallest mountain in the world is really in Hawaii. It is Mauna Kea with a combined height of 33,476 feet. This includes measuring from its base at the bottom of the Hawaiian Trough (at 3,280 fathoms) to the top of the mountain itself (13,796 feet from sea level).
Lowest point: sea level at the Pacific Ocean
Average Elevation: 3,030 feet above sea level.

Hawaii is considered the most isolated population center in the world. It is 2,390 miles from California, and 3,850 miles from Japan.

Longitude: 154° 40' W to 162° W
Latitude: 16° 55' N to 23° N
Length: 1,523 miles – the world’s longest island chain
Geographic Center: off the SW shore of Molokai, west of Lanai at Longitude: 157° 15.6'W Latitude: 20° 57.1'N
Hawaii is bordered on all sides by the Pacific Ocean

Land Area: 6,423 square miles
Water area: 4,508 square miles (mostly Pacific Ocean area)
Total area: 10,932 square miles, 43rd largest state

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Hawaii Vital Records

US GenWeb page for Hawaii

Access Genealogy page for Hawaii

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The Hawaii State Public Library System

Links to all public and private libraries in the state of Hawaii, including some school libraries

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Hawaii Department of Education
The Hawai'i State Department of Education is a centralized and statewide public education system, the only one in the country. It was founded in 1840 by Kamehameha III and is the oldest school system west of the Mississippi River. The department oversees all 283 public schools and charter schools and over 13,000 teachers in the State of Hawai'i.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Maui

The University of Hawai'i System

Maui College

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Tourism is the largest sector of the Hawaiian economy being the leading employer and revenue producer of all sectors. Though tourism is a huge influence on the local economy, agriculture continues to hold its own with flower and nursery products, fruit-such as papaya and pineapple and macadamia nuts.

Hawaiian Economy

Hawaii Economy at a Glance

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Organizations & Groups

Hawaiian Historical Society

Maui Chamber Of Commerce
270 Ho'okahi Street, Suite 212
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-244-0081

Kauai Chamber Of Commerce
4268H Rice St
P.O. Box 1969
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-7363

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
75-5737 Kuakini Hwy Suite 208
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-329-1758

Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 402
Honolulu, HI  96813
Phone:  808-545-4300

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Attractions & Other Information

Hawaiian Volcanos

The Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau - Hawaii's Official Tourism Website
Hawaii Information
2270 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 801
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: 808-923-1811
Toll-free: 800-GO-HAWAII (464-2924)

Hawaii's Big Island

Maui Visitor Bureau
1727 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
Telephone: (808) 244-3530
Toll Free: (800) 525-6284


This page was created 26 June 2001

This page was last updated 20 July 2010 at 8:32 pm

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