Hawaii Facts


Hawaii Location In The US Hawaii State Map

Hawaii is known for:

  • Aloha shirt
  • Luaus
  • The Hula dance
  • Lei
  • Stunning beaches
  • Volcanic activity
  • Water sports
  • High cost of living
  • Coffee
  • Surfing
  • Pineapple

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation HI
State Capital Honolulu
State Size Total (Land + Water): 10,931 sq miles; Land Only: 6,423 sq miles
Number of Counties 67
Time Zone Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone
Bordering States None
Highest PointMauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii, 13,803 feet
Tallest Building The Central Ala Moana in Honolulu, 435 feet
Largest StadiumWar Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, capacity 20,000
National ParksHaleakala National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
State Population (2020)1,455,271
State Population Density226.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 808
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Honolulu (341,302)
East Honolulu (47,540)
Pearl City (45,605)
Hilo (45,056)
Waipahu (39,469)

Government & Legislature

Statehood August 21, 1959
Electoral Votes4
State Flag Hawaii State Flag
GovernorOfficial Hawaii Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Hawaii
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Hawaii
State SenatorsList of Hawaii State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Hawaii State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionHawaii State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateDecember 2, 2013
Road ConditionsHawaii Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date November 3, 2008

State Symbols

State Bird Nene
State DanceHula
State FishRectangular triggerfish
State Flower Hibiscus
State GemEkaha ku moana (black coral)
State Individual SportSurfing
State InsectPulelehua (Kamehameha butterfly)
State Kahiko Musical InstrumentPahu
State Land MammalHawaiian hoary bat
State MammalHawaiian monk seal
State Marine MammalHumpback whale
State Motto Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Nickname Aloha State
State PlantTaro
State SpiritThe Aloha Spirit
State Team SportOutrigger canoe paddling
State Tree Kukui (also called candlenut tree)

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of Hawaii at Manoa (Big West)

Table Tennis Clubs in Hawaii

City Table Tennis Club
HawiTable Tennis & More
HonoluluAloha Table Tennis Association
Lahaina808 Ping Pong

Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Aulani: Resort hotel in Kapolei, on the island of Oahu.
  • Diamond Head: State park in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.
  • Haleakala National Park: National park on the southeastern part of Maui.
  • Hanauma Bay: State park in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood, on the island of Oahu.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Volcano park on the Big Island.
  • Honolulu Zoo: Zoo in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.
  • Kilauea: Active volcano on the Big Island.
  • Lanikai Beach: Beach in Kailua, on the island of Oahu.
  • Kualoa Ranch: Natural reserve and cattle ranch in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu.
  • Mauna Kea: Dormant volcano on the Big Island.
  • Pearl Harbor: Sea harbor and historical landmark on the island of Oahu.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: Theme park in Laie, on the island of Oahu.
  • Road to Hana: Scenic road that connects the towns Kahului and Hana on the island of Maui.
  • Turtle Bay Resort: Resort hotel in Kahuku, on the island of Oahu.
  • USS Arizona: Historic battleship in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. USS Arizona was sunk by the Japanese during the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • USS Missouri: Historic battleship in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. USS Missouri is most famous for hosting the surrender ceremony of Japan on September 2, 1945, that signaled the end of World War II.
  • Waikiki Beach: Beach in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Hawaii. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Honolulu Festival March Honolulu, Oahu
Merrie Monarch Festival April Big Island
Waikiki Spam Jam April Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu
Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii Memorial Day Honolulu, Oahu
Maui Film Festival June Wailea, Maui
Prince Lot Hula Festival July Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu, Oahu
Ukulele Festival Hawaii July Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Oahu
Aloha Festivals September Honolulu, Oahu
Hawaii International Film Festival November Honolulu, Oahu
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival November Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Popular Iconic Hawaii Foods

Hawaii is famous for the following foods:

  • Poke Bowl
  • Spam Musubi
  • Kalua Pig
  • Loco Moco
  • Manapua
  • Shaved Ice
  • Lau Lau
  • Saimin
  • Poi
  • Lomi Salmon
  • Acai Bowl
  • Haupia Pie
  • Malasadas

Famous People Born In Hawaii

Nobel Prize Winners

United States Presidents

  • Barak Obama (44th President)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Lauren Graham
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jason Momoa

Famous Singers

  • Yvonne Elliman
  • Anuhea Jenkins
  • Bruno Mars

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.
  • In 1970, Hawaii became the first state to legalize abortions on the request of the woman.

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