History of Hawaii
By Nikko Cracchiolo
How was Hawaii discovered?
The Rich Culture
Several theories describe migration to Hawaii. The one-migration theory suggests a single settlement. A variation on the one-migration theory instead suggests a single, continuous settlement period. Several "multiple migration" theories exist. One variation suggests that the original migration could have been followed by settlers from the Marquesas Islands, and then later by Tahitians.
- The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
- 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.
- Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
- More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
- There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
- Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
- Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W
- From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
- The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
- Honolulu's zenith star, (the star that rises directly above it) is Arcturus. The Hawaiians called it Hokule'a. (Hoe koo lay uh.)
- Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.
- The Hawaiian Archipelago consists of over 130 scattered points of land stretching some 1,600 miles in length from the Kure Atoll in the north to the Island of Hawaii in the south.
- The first Asian American in the United States Senate was Hawaii's Hiram Fong. Descended from Chinese immigrants, Fong was elected to the Senate in 1959.
- Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.