What does Hawaii mean? How big is Hawaii? Hawaii climate and annexation
Hawaii is one of the most-wanted places to adventureres. It is considered as a synonym with paradise with sugary beaches, technicolor coral reefs as well as volcanoes that beckon adventurous spirits. Here in this article, we will give you the answers for some most popular questions about Hawaii. Let's check out to learn more about Hawaii and find out what does Hawaii mean, how big is Hawaii, what year did Hawaii become a state of USA, annexation of Hawaii, and Hawaii climate, weather. You can also check out some interesting, fun Hawaii facts for kids first.
Hawaii facts, questions and answers
What does Hawaii mean?
Hawaii is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands (also known as the Big Island) and is the name of the 50th State in the USA which is a collection of 8 islands – Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Koho’olawe, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni'ihau. Many believe the name Hawai’i was adapted from the name Hawaiki, the name for a mythical homeland of all Polynesians. Others believe it is a variation of a South Pacific island Raiatea, which was called Havaii at the time of migration.
Map of Hawaii
What is the official state flower for Hawaii as well as the official flower for each of the Hawaiian Islands?
The official State flower for Hawaii is the endemic Yellow Hibiscus hibiscus brackenridgei, known as the pua aloalo.
- Hawaii - Red Ohia
- Kauai - The Mokihana Berry
- Lanai - Kaunaoa, a yellow and orange air plant
- Maui- Pink Lokelani aka Pink Rose
- Oahu - Yellow Ilima
- Molokai - Kukui Blossom
- Kahoolawe - Hinahina
- Niihau - rather than a real flower White Pupu Shells which are only found on the shores of Niihau are their official "flower".
How big is Hawaii? How many mountains are there? Are there many beaches?
The state of Hawaii is 6,427 square miles. Only Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut are smaller. There are many, many mountains in Hawaii. Volcanoes, which have eroded into lush green mountains created all of Hawaii. Everywhere you can go you can see beautiful waterfalls, peaks, and valleys. The islands have snow capped mountains, deep canyons, lush rainforest, and many miles of beautiful beaches of nature. The Islands are surrounded by water and are subject to wave erosion. Having waves crashing against the shores for thousands of years has created beaches all around the islands.
Hawaii climate and weather - Does it snow in Hawaii?
Because the Hawaiian Islands have lots of different environments (rainforest, beach, desert) there are lots of different climates. In places like Waikiki, Kailua-Kona, Kihei, and other beach towns it is nice and warm almost all year round. The rain forest region is located up in the mountains where the rain clouds collect after the moisture evaporates. This region is cooler and wetter due to the rain and tree coverage. This is also where you will find lots of waterfalls! The desert regions are very hot and dry and you can even find cactus growing, there is very little rain. On the Big Island fields of lava from past eruptions look like huge parking lots. Not much grows in this area, there are miles and miles of nothing but black lava. This region is very hot and dry. The summit of the taller mountains are very cold with high winds year round. The summits (top) of the tallest mountains in the islands do get snow in the winter. There are three mountains that get snow, Mauna Kea (13,796 ft) and Mauna Loa (13,680 ft) on the Big Island and Mt. Haleakala (10,023 ft) on Maui. Because these mountains are so tall it will snow on these summits and at the same time be sunny and 80 degrees at the beach. Mauna Kea is actually the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the sea floor to the summit.
Annexation of Hawaii - What year did Hawaii become a state
In 1893, a group of American expatriates and sugar planters supported by a division of U.S. Marines deposed Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. One year later, the Republic of Hawaii was established as a U.S. protectorate with Hawaiian-born Sanford B. Dole as president. Many in Congress opposed the formal annexation of Hawaii, and it was not until 1898, following the use of the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the Spanish-American War, that Hawaii’s strategic importance became evident and formal annexation was approved. Two years later, Hawaii was organized into a formal U.S. territory. During World War II, Hawaii became firmly ensconced in the American national identity following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
In March 1959, the U.S. government approved statehood for Hawaii, and in June the Hawaiian people voted by a wide majority to accept admittance into the United States. Two months later, Hawaii officially became the 50th state.
So When did Hawaii become a state of USA? It's on 21 August 1959.
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