Hawaii Facts

Hawaii Facts
Hawaii is the 50th and most recent U.S. state to join the United States, having joined the Union on August 21, 1959. It is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one made up entirely of islands. See the fact file below for more information about Hawaii.
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Capital
Honolulu

Became a State
August 21, 1959 (50th)

Location
Central Pacific Ocean, southwest of continental United States

Area
10,931 sq. miles (43rd)

Population
1,360,301 (40th)

Major Cities
Honolulu, Hilo, Kaneohe, Kailua, Waipahu, Lahaina, Pearl City, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kihei, Lihue

Products
sandalwood, whaling, sugarcane, pineapple, coffee, macadamia nuts, livestock

Climate
tropical climate varies on each island because of windward or leeward winds

Yearly Precipitation
averages 23 inches, except Kauai which has the second largest amount of rainfall on earth – 460 inches yearly

Professional Sports Teams
Hawaii National Football team is not internationally recognized

Major Waterways
Pacific Ocean

Most Famous Citizens
Barack Obama (President of the United States)
Father Damien (priest)
Hiram fong (senator)
Kamehameha I (lst King of Hawaii)
Daniel Akaka (senator)
Daniel Inouye (senator)
Mazie Hirono (representative)
Don Ho (singer)
Liluokalani (Queen of Hawaii)

State Symbols
Bird – Nene
Flower – Yellow Hibiscus
Animal – Humpback Whale
Tree – Candlenut