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Click for Honolulu, Hawaii ForecastWhat time is it?  
See: Hawaiian Time

What's the weather?
Nearly perfect :-)   See:  Weather Links

How is Hawaii pronounced? 
You're apt to hear it several ways. The best explanation of how it is pronounced, and why there is some confusion, can be found here:
How to Pronounce "Hawai'i". Also see: Hawaiian Language.

Does Hawaii celebrate the same holidays? 
We celebrate all the U.S. holidays except Columbus Day plus we have three of our own! See:
Hawaii State & Federal Holidays & Who's Columbus?

When was Hawai'i admitted as a state?
August 21, 1959; the 50th     
See:  Statehood and State Flag

What is the state motto?
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono 
See: State Seal & Motto

What is the state anthem or song?
Hawai'i Pono'i   See: State Anthem

What is Hawaii's nickname ?
Hawaii Licence PlateThe Aloha State
Hawaii Names

What does Aloha mean?
Hello, good-bye and a LOT more! It defines the way people in the islands treat each other.  It's even been included in our state laws!
See:  Aloha Spirit 

What's a humuhumunukunukuapua`a?
It's the unofficial state fish, also called a Hawaiian Triggerfish.  Here's how to pronounce humu humu nuku nuku apua`a

Why were the Hawaiian Islands called the Sandwich Islands?
When Captain James Cook of Great Britain arrived in the islands in 1778, he named them for his friend and supporter, John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich.  The name didn't really catch on among the residents, however.  
Captain James Cook

Does Honolulu have a sister city?
Yes! There are several;  Hiroshima, Japan was first. 

Why are there Interstate highways in Hawai`i?
Think about it!  You can't drive to any other state from the islands, but there are interstate highways.  H-1, H-2 and H-3 received federal funding under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 because they connect military installations on the island of O`ahu.

Who are Hawaii's Representatives in the U.S. Congress?
Senators Akaka and Inouye; Representatives Abercrombie and Case.
See:  Hawai'i Government

What is the local government in Hawai`i?
There are four counties: City and County of Honolulu; Hawai'i County; Kaua'i County and Maui County  
   Hawai'i Government

What is VOG?
Volcano "fog" (like smog)       
See:   Volcanoes and Climate

Where is Pearl Harbor?
Pearl Harbor is located on the Island of O'ahu, and has a very rich history, all the way back to ancient times. 
   About Pearl Harbor

What causes rainbows?
The technical definition: "sunlight spread out into its spectrum of colors and diverted to the eye of the observer by water droplets".  Find everything you might need to know About Rainbows from Beverly T. Lynds.

Is there really a Hawaii Five-0?
No, sadly there isn't! Hawai'i does not have a state police department. Each of the four counties maintains a police force. More: Hawaii Five-0 and Hawaii Government.

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State Facts

1,211,537 (42nd)

Land Area:     
6,423 sq. miles

Major Islands:
Hawaii, Maui, Oahu,
Kauai, Molokai, Lanai
More: About the Islands

State Capital: 
Honolulu, Oahu
More: Tour the Capitol

Linda Lingle
More: Hawaii State Government

Tree: Kukui - candlenut

Flower: pua aloalo -
native yellow hibiscus (brackenridgei)
More about Hibiscus

Bird: Nene (goose) 
More about Nene

Marine Mammal:  Humpback Whale
More about whales 


State of Hawaii:  
* Symbols & Monuments  
* Data Book - 1999
* Visitors & Convention Bureau

Note: references to the official state symbols can be found on the Hawaii Symbols index page.

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