Hawaii State Flags & Banners available in all sizes in nylon and polyester. The state of Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states (joined the Union on August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles. At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight "main islands" are (from the northwest to southeast) Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest and is often called "The Big Island" to avoid confusing the name of the island with the name of the state as a whole. See our great Hawaii state birthday souvenirs and gifts.
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.
Hawaii was a native kingdom throughout most of the 19th century, when the expansion of the sugar industry meant increasing U.S. business and political involvement. In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani was deposed, and a year later the Republic of Hawaii was established with Sanford B. Dole as president. Following annexation (1898), Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1900.
The most recent of the 50 U.S. states, Hawaii joined the Union on August 21, 1959.
The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Some Hawaii Symbols
1. State Bird
2. State Mammal
3. State Flower
4. State Butterfly
5. State Plant
6. State Tree
7. State Gemstone
8. State Dance
9. State Fish
10. State Language
Nene (Hawaiian Goose) - The nene, or Hawaiian goose (Branta sandwicensis) was designated the official state bird of Hawaii in 1957. The nene seldom swims and is not bothered by predators or cold temperatures, so they do not fly as much and their wings are weak compared to other geese.
Hawaiian Monk Seal- The endangered Hawaiian monk seal was recognized as an official mammal symbol of the state in 2008.
Pua Aloalo (Yellow Hibiscus) -The pua aloalo, or yellow hibiscus was designated the official state flower of Hawaii in 1988 (also called ma`o-hau-hele).
Pulelehua (Kamehameha Butterfly) - Hawaii designated pulelehua, also known as the kamehameha butterfly as the official state insect in 2009. The kamehameha is one of only two native butterfly species in Hawaii.
Kalo (taro) - Hawaii designated Kalo as the official state plant in 2007. Kalo is the Hawaiian word for taro. Taro that is cultivated using both dryland and wetland methods. It’s primarily used for making poi, that starchy, pasty staple served at every Hawaiian luau. But it’s also used to make taro chips. The taro leaves are used for luaus as well.
Kukui (candlenut) - The kukui tree was designated the state tree of Hawaii in 1959. The blossom of the kukui is also the official Island flower of Moloka'i. The kukui tree is not native to Hawaii (originating in Polynesia).
Black Coral - Hawaii designated black coral as the official state gem in 1987. Black corals are animals that live in colonies up to 6 feet high, though individual polyps may be less than .04 inches in diameter. Polyps are cylindrical with six non-retractable tentacles armed with stinging cells.
Hula - The hula was designated the official state dance of Hawaii in 1999.
Humuhumunukunukuapua`a - The Humuhumunukunukuapua`a was designated the official state fish of Hawaii on a five year trial basis in 1985. When the trial quietly lapsed in 1990, no action was taken to either reinstate it or designate a new species. It wasn't until 2006 that it was realized that Hawaii was without a State Fish, and the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a was reinstated on a permanent basis.
Hawaiian - Native Hawaiian was recognized as the official state language of Hawaii in 1978.
Did you know?
More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
The Japanese attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was directly responsible for U.S. entry into World War II