Known as the “Aloha State” (in Hawaiian, “aloha” can mean “hello”), Hawaii is a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean that together became the 50th state in 1959. The state’s name is possibly derived from a native Hawaiian word for homeland, hawaiki or owhyhee. Today, Hawaii, whose capital is Honolulu, is often called the “Crossroads of the Pacific” and is a popular vacation spot. The colorful hibiscus is the state flower.

Capital City: Honolulu
Nickname: Aloha State / Paradise of the Pacific
Motto: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.)
Statehood: August 21, 1959 (50th)
Origin of State’s Name: Possibly based on native Hawaiian word for homeland, “Owhyhee.”
Largest Cities: Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua, Kaneohe, Pearl City
Border States: None
Land Area: 6,423 sq. mi.; 47th largest
State Bird: Nene (Hawaiian goose)
State Flower: Pua Aloalo (hibiscus brackenridgei)
State Tree: Kukui – Candlenut (aleurites moluccana)
State Song: Hawaii Ponoi – Hawaii’s Own