44 Interesting Facts About Hawaii

Last updated on December 29th, 2021

Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Kea Summit on the Big Island of Hawaii.

39. Did you know that the Earth’s tallest volcano – Mauna Kea – is in Hawaii? The volcano together with other four volcanoes makes up the Big Island of Hawaii. The volcanic mountain is so immense that it is sinking into the sea floor under the pressure of its own weight.[20]

40. The first telephone was established in Hawaii in 1931.

41. Hawaii lies just below the Tropic of Cancer.[23]

42. Hawaii on its rural and urban interstates has the lowest maximum speed limit (60 mph) of any state.

43. The hula dance was created in Hawaii. It uses hand motions to tell stories and to pay respect to gods, goddesses, and nature.

44. The third Friday in August is a holiday, commemorating Hawai’i statehood in 1959. The day is also known as “Admission Day.” Who was the first Japanese American to serve in Congress? In 1959, Daniel Inouye, became the first Japanese American elected to Congress. He fought heroically for the United States in the WWII. 

Hawaii – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationHI
State CapitalHonolulu
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Largest CityHonolulu
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 10,931 sq miles; Land Only: 6,423 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2019 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodAugust 21, 1959
State rank by population40th
State rank by date of formation50th
State rank by area43rd
Number of Counties5
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Bordering StatesNone
Official LanguageEnglish, Hawaiian
Highest PointMauna Kea
13,796 ft (4205.0 m)
Lowest pointPacific Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation3,030 feet above seal level
Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)
Width93 miles
GovernorDavid Ige (D)
Lieutenant GovernorJosh Green (D)
Electoral Votes4
State MottoUa mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
State NicknameAloha State
% Water41.2
Noble prize WinnersBarack H. Obama (Peace, 2009)
Famous peopleJason Momoa
Bruno Mars
U.S. President Born in Hawaii1. Barack Hussein Obama II.
State TreeKukui
State BirdNene
State InsectPulelehua
State FishHumuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa
State Island FlowerHawai'i 'Ohi'a Lehua
State GemĒkaha kū moana
State Island Lei Material: Ni'hauPupu Shells
State Marine MammalHumpback Whale
State MammalHawaiian Monk Seal
State Land MammalHawaiian Hoary Bat
State Musical Instrument (traditional)Pahu
State PlantKalo
Longitude154° 48′ W to 178° 22′ W
Latitude18° 55′ N to 28° 27′ N
Time ZoneHawaii-Aleutian Time Zone
Area Codes808
Table last updatedDecember 20, 2021