Hawaii is inspirational. Hawaii was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on August 21, 1959. It became the 50th state to be admitted to the Union. The official nickname of the state is The Aloha State. Aloha is Hawaiian for affection, peace, mercy, and compassion. In English, aloha is used to mean hello and goodbye. The two meanings together can be associated with the word as a greeting with positive feelings attached. Hawaiian and English are both official languages of the state.
Hawaii is located in the central Pacific Ocean, in Oceania. In the area there are actually hundreds of islands, however the main islands are: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii. The last island is referred to as the “Big Island” to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. Hawaii’s climate is tropical, although trade winds affect temperature and humidity. Rainfall is one of the highest amounts on Earth, but snow rarely falls and is only at high elevation.
Plant and animal life on Hawaii most likely arrived by wind, waves, or wings. Many are endangered and one plant is even hand-pollinated by biologists. Wings probably brought the state bird the Nene. Waves brought the state mammals: the Humpback whale, Hawaiian monk seal, and Hawaiian hoary bat. Wind could have brought the state flower, Hawaiian hibiscus.
Major industries in Hawaii have been sandalwood, whaling, sugarcane,pineapple, military, tourism, and education. Tourism is the largest industry since Hawaii has become a state. Exports include coffee, macadamia nuts, pineapple, livestock, sugarcane, honey, and clothing. The U.S. military spends over $10 billion in Hawaii yearly and 75,000 personnel live there. The cost of living in Hawaii is very high.
The education system is run by the state Board of Education who hire the superintendent of schools who oversees the state Board of Education. There are seven school districts. This is done to try to combat differences between affluent and lower-income areas. Private schools educate a significant percentage of the population.
Aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture are still present. The luau and hula are still practiced. They are popular in other parts of the United States as well and are present in literature, film, and other cultural aspects of culture. The cuisine of Hawaii reflects the blend of cultures that call Hawaii home. Music includes traditional aspects and popular styles.
Hawaii’s government has three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. It is modeled after the U.S. federal government, however has kept aspects from the kingdom era of Hawaiian history. There are politicians and others working towards self-determination and self-governance for Hawaii. Due to the queen having been overthrown in 1893 and U.S. military occupation beginning in 1898, many of these people feel that Hawaii was an illegally occupied nation. Many United States politicians have been born in Hawaii. President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu. He was elected President November 4, 2008 and re-elected November 6, 2012.
There is a lot to do and see in Hawaii. Be inspired! Have a bright day!