West

Western Region

Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico

Hawaii

State Facts

  • Capital - Honolulu
  • Abbreviation - HI
  • Largest City - Honolulu County
  • Area - 4,028m sq.
  • Population - 1.42 Million in 2014
  • Resident Name - The Aloha State/The Islands of Aloha

State Symbols

  • Nickname - See "Resident Name"
  • Motto - The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness
  • Song - Hawaii Ponoi
  • Bird - The Nene
  • Flower - The Yellow Hibiscus
  • Tree - The Candlenut

History

  • 1816 - Hawaiian flag is commissioned
  • 1850 - Honolulu becomes the capital of Hawaii
  • 1853 - Smallpox epidemic kills over 5,000 Hawaiian residents
  • 1900 - Hawaii becomes U.S. territory
  • 1941 - Pearl Harbor
  • 1946 - Tsunami hits Hilo, kills over 100 people, causing 25 mil in damage
  • 1992 - Hurricane Iniki kills 4 and causes 2 bil in damage

Economics

Agriculture

  • Livestock - Beef cattle, dairy, eggs, hogs
  • Crops - Sugar cane, pineapples, flowers, coffee, macadamia nuts, avacado, banana, guava, papaya, tomatoes, other fruits, beans, corn, lettuce, potatoes, and taro

Industries

  • Manufacturing - Food processing, printed materials, refined petroleum, stone, clay, glass products, and clothing
  • Fishing - Swordfish and bigeye tune
  • Services - Private health care, law, accounting, engineering firms, hotels, restaurants, rental car agencies, government/army, finance and insurance

People and Culture

Famous People

  • Barack Obama, Bruno Mars, Bethany Hamilton, Laura Grahm

Education

  • 184,760 students enrolled in a total of 286 schools in only one school district. 11,608 teachers in the public schools, roughly one teacher for every 16 students

Politics

  • Governor is elected every four years, legislator has a senate with 25 members and a house of representatives with 51 members

Social Issues

  • Budget, homelessness, housing, transportation, drug abuse

Points of Interest

  • USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
  • North Shore of Oahu
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Road To Hana
  • Moloka’i’s Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • Lana'i
  • Hawaii'i Volcanoes National Park
  • Kona Coffee Farms

California

State Facts

  • Abbreviation - CA
  • Capital - Sacramento
  • Largest City - Los Angles
  • Area - 163, 696m sq.
  • Population - 38.8 million in 2014
  • Resident name - The Golden State

State Symbols

  • Nickname - See "Resident Name"
  • Motto - Eureka
  • Song - I Love You, California
  • Bird - California quail
  • Flower - California poppy
  • Tree - Coast redwood

History

  • 1812 - Russian fur traders established Fort Ross
  • 1821 - Mexico rules over California
  • 1850 - California admitted to the Union as the 31st state
  • 1900 - Oil discovered along the Kern River
  • 1936 - Bay Bridge opens

Economics

Agriculture

  • Crops - Grapes, oranges, almonds, strawberries, walnuts, apricots, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, nectarines, lives, pistachios, prunes, avocado, lemons, melons, peaches, plums,hay, rice, corn, and sugar beats
  • Livestock - Milk, beef cattle, eggs, sheep, turkeys, hogs, and horses

Industries

  • Manufacturing - Military communication, electrical communication, audiotape/videotape, lighting equipment, telephone equipment,food processing
  • Mining - Oil, diatomite, sand, gravel, sodium, tungsten, gold, gypsum, magnesium, perlite, potash, pumice
  • Fishing - Halibut, herring, mackerel, rockfish, sablefish, salmon, shark,
  • Services - Real estate, finance, insurance, private health care, law firms and engineering companies, hotels and entertainment companies, and repair shops.

People And Culture

Famous People

  • The Kardashians, Ben Afflack, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Kaley Cuoco

Education

  • Number of public schools are 10,276., and public school teachers are at 259,506

Politics

  • Tampon Tax, equal pay rights, ban confederate names on public buildings, $2.74 billion cost in drought

Social Issues

  • Tax scams, banning highly toxic rat poison, drunk driving deaths

Points of Interest

  • Disneyland
  • Universal studios
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Legoland Resort
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame