Hawaii

Hawaii State Flag Gifts & Merchandise

Date of Statehood: August 21, 1959

Capital: Honolulu

Population: 1,360,301 (2010)

Size: 10,926 square miles

Nickname(s): Aloha State

Motto: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Ä€ina i ka Pono (“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”)

Tree: Kukui (Candlenut)

Flower: Pua Aloalo (Yellow Hibiscus)

Bird: Nene

Hawaii Timeline
  • 500 - Polynesians are the first people to arrive on the Hawaiian Islands.
  • 1778 - British explorer Captain James Cook visits the islands.
  • 1779 - Captain James Cook is killed in a skirmish with the islanders.
  • 1793 - Cattle are introduced to Hawaii.
  • 1810 - King Kamehameha takes over all of the islands and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1819 - Whalers begun hunting off the shores of the islands.
  • 1820 - Christian missionaries arrive on the island.
  • 1826 - The U.S. and Hawaii enter into a treaty of friendship.
  • 1835 - The first sugar plantation is built.
  • 1893 - The Kingdom of Hawaii is overthrown and the Republic of Hawaii is established.
  • 1898 - Hawaii becomes a U.S. territory.
  • 1900 - A great fire occurs in Chinatown.
  • 1901 - James Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.
  • 1935 - Amelia Earhart is the first pilot to fly solo from Hawaii to the mainland U.S.
  • 1941 - Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese in a surprise attack. The U.S. enters World War II.
  • 1959 - Hawaii becomes the 50th U.S. state.