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Did you know that there are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet? There are 5 vowels and consonants h, k, l, m, n, p and w. Did you know that Hawaii is the only US state that is not part of mainland North America? Did you know that Hawaii is the 5Oth state of the U.S. constitution?

Fun Fact 1: There are mixed opinions on the origins of the name Hawaii, some believe that the name originates from a mixture of the words "Hawa" and "ii" which translate to small, new homeland. Another belief is that the islands are named after Hawaiian legend Hawaiʻiloa, who is said to have discovered the islands

Fun Fact 2: The flag of Hawaii can be described as having 8 horizontal stripes of equal thickness, with the order from the top being white, red, blue and ending without a blue. The strips represent the eight major islands of Hawaii. In the top left canton (corner) of the flag the Union Flag of the United Kingdom (also known as the Union Jack) is displayed, this represents the British Heritage with the Islands

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Hawaii is Honolulu - which is also the largest city, the next largest in size are Hilo and then Kailua

Fun Fact 4: The land area of the State covers 10932 square miles or 28314 square kilometers

Fun Fact 5: Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed Hawaii into the Union on August 21, 1959

Fun Fact 6: Hawaii is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands there are eight major islands and 137 small, minor islands

Fun Fact 7: There are eight major islands in the state they are; Hawaii (known as big island), Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lānai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song of Hawaii is "Hawaii Ponoi" which means "Hawaii's Own" the song was written in 1874 by King Kalakaua and the music was composed by Henri Berger

Fun Fact 9: The Hawaiian state flower is the Native Yellow Hibiscus

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono" which translates as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"

Fun Fact 11: Short History of Hawaii - The Polynesians were the first to inhabit the islands. The first European explorers documented as discovering the islands was by Captain James Cook and his crew on January 18, 1778, he named them "The Sandwich Islands" after his friend the Lord of the Admiralty, the IV Earl of Sandwich. The islands were united as a kingdom in 1819 and were ruled by King Kamehameha I

Fun Fact 12: The Hawaii state nickname is The Aloha State. Aloha translated means affection, peace and kindness

Fun Fact 13: The abbreviation letters for the state of Hawaii are - HI

Fun Fact 14: The island of Hawaii has eight active volcanoes! There are an additional five on the other islands. The largest is called Mount Kilauea. Volcano Kilauea is considered the most active volcano in the world, it is also one of the largest with a boundary of 13 km (8 miles), and a height of over 1220 m (4000 ft) and it is still growing! The name Kilauea translated means spreading and volcano Kilauea is so active it has created new land for the island; the land has increased over 500 acres in the last thirty years!

Fun Fact 15: The climate is warm throughout the year, with moderate humidity and cooling sea breezes.  In the summer the average temperature at sea level is around 85 degrees cooling to 78 degrees in the winter months. Higher altitudes are much cooler and the wettest months are from November - March

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