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Hawaii, the "Aloha State"

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The name Hawaii is believed to be an English adaptation of the native word for "homeland" (hawaiki or owhyhee). First settled by Polynesians sailing from other Pacific islands between A.D. 300 and 600, Hawaii was visited in 1778 by British Captain James Cook, who called the group the Sandwich Islands. Following its annexation in 1898, Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1900. Hawaii is the youngest state, joining the Union in 1959 as the 50th state, just after Alaska. Hawaii is world famous for its pleasant climate and spectacular beauty. It has deep-blue seas, brilliantly colored flowers, graceful palm trees, magnificent waterfalls and dramatic volcanoes. Hawaii consists of a chain of 132 islands; the eight main islands are at the southeastern end of the chain. Hawaii, the "Aloha State" has many customs originating from the original Polynesian settlers.

Bei dem Namen Hawaii handelt es sich um eine englische Adaptierung des einheimischen Wortes für "Heimat" (hawaiki or owhyhee). Hawaii wurde zuerst von polynesischen Seefahrern zwischen 300 und 600 nach Christus besiedelt, die von anderen pazifischen Inseln kamen. Im Jahr 1778 besuchte der britische Kapitän James Cook die Inseln, die er Sandwich Islands nannte. Der Annexion 1898 folgte 1900 die Ernennung zum U.S. Territorium. Hawaii ist der 50ste und jüngste Bundesstaat der Vereinigten Staaten; er trat der Union 1959 kurz nach Alaska bei. Hawaii ist weltberühmt für sein angenehmes Klima und seine atemberaubende Schönheit. Man findet tiefblaues Meer, Blumen in schillernden Farben, bezaubernde Palmen, spektakuläre Wasserfälle und beeindruckende Vulkane. Hawaii besteht aus einer Kette von 132 Inseln; die acht Hauptinseln bilden das südöstliche Ende der Kette. Hawaii, der „Aloha State", hat viele Bräuche, die ihren Ursprung in der polynesischen Urbevölkerung haben

Honolulu (on Oahu)
Governor: Linda Lingle, R (to Jan. 2010)
Senators: Daniel K. Akaka, D (to Jan. 2013); Daniel K. Inouye , D (to Jan. 2011)
House of Representatives: 2 districts | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
1,2753,000; National Rank: 42; Percent change since April 2000: 5.3%
Land Area: 6,423 sq mi. (16,637 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est.): Honolulu, 371,657; Hilo, 40,759; Kailua, 36,513; Kaneohe, 34,970; Waipahu, 33,108; Pearl City, 30,976; Waimalu, 29,371; Mililani Town, 28,608; Kahului, 20,146; Kihei, 16,749

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of dollars): 53.7
Per Capita Personal Income 2005: $34,539; National Rank: 19
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars): 1,028 ; National Rank: 47
Sugarcane, pineapples, nursery stock, livestock, macadamia nuts.
Industry: Tourism, food processing, apparel, fabricated metal products, stone, clay, and glass products.

State of Hawaii: Official State Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
State and Local Government on the Internet

· Hawaii Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Hawaii
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Hawaii

· Hawaii - Regional Accounts Data

· State Profiles
· Symbols and Monuments
· Hawaii


· State of Hawaii: State Tourist Office
· Alternative Hawaii
· Aloha-Hawaii (Online Magazine)
· Map

For High School Students
· Explore the States
· Hawaii - the Aloha State (Pdf) (English Teaching Forum)
· Stately Knowledge (The Internet Public Library)
· State Reports: Hawaii

Teacher Resources
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Hawaii

Link Lists
· Hawaii (Google)
Hawaii (Yahoo)
· Federal, State & Local Government Site

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