Hawaii Facts

State Location Hawaii Location In The US
State Abbreviation HI
Statehood August 21, 1959
State Capital Honolulu
State Size Total (Land + Water): 10,931 sq miles; Land Only: 6,423 sq miles
Number of Counties 5
State Population (2015)1,431,603
State Population Density222.9 people / square mile
Electoral Votes4
State Quarter Issue Date November 3, 2008
State Motto Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
State Flower Hibiscus
State Tree Kukui (also called candlenut tree)
State Bird Nene
Nickname Aloha State
State Flag Hawaii State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.4199 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$3.20 / Pack
Area Codes 808
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Honolulu (387,170)
Pearl City (47,698)
Hilo (43,263)
Kailua (38,635)
Waipahu (38,216)
Major Sports Teams None

Hawaii Fun Facts

  • Iolani Palace in Honolulu is the only royal palace in the United States.
  • Hawaii is the southernmost state in the United States.
  • Ka Lae on the Big Island of Hawaii is the southernmost point in the United States.
  • Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
  • Hawaii is one of the two states in the United States that do not observe Daylight Savings Time (Arizona is the other).
  • In Hawaii you will be fined for riding in the back of a passenger car without a seatbelt, however you can ride in the bed of a pickup truck with no safety equipment
  • By law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree.
  • Hawaii is the only state in the United States to honor a king, celebrating King Kamehameha Day on June 11th since 1872. King Kamehameha I (Kamehameha the Great) is known for uniting the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.
  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Vowels include A, E, I, O, and U. Consonants include H, K, L, M, N, P, and W.
  • The widest state from east to west is Hawaii, stretching across 1,500 miles.

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