Hawaii Facts for Kids

Hawaii is a magical group of islands in the Pacific Ocean and is one of the states of the United States. It’s known for its breathtaking landscapes, from volcanoes and rainforests to beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Hawaii has a rich culture and history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. Ready to learn more? Let’s start our adventure!

30 Fun Facts About Hawaii

  1. Hawaii is the only U.S. state made entirely of islands.
  2. It’s the most recent state to join the USA, becoming a state on August 21, 1959.
  3. Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii, located on the island of Oahu.
  4. Hawaii consists of 8 main islands, but there are over 130 islands in total!
  5. Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the Big Island, is considered the world’s tallest mountain from base to summit (when measured from its underwater base).
  6. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee commercially.
  7. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 13 letters: A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, W, and the ʻokina, a symbol that represents a glottal stop.
  8. Iolani Palace in Honolulu is the only royal palace on U.S. soil.
  9. The state fish of Hawaii is the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, also known as the reef triggerfish.
  10. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  11. Surfing was invented by the Polynesians and became popular in Hawaii.
  12. The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
  13. Hawaii’s Big Island is getting bigger every day because of the active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano.
  14. Hula is a traditional Hawaiian dance that tells a story through movement and chants.
  15. Lanai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, was once the world’s largest pineapple plantation.
  16. The Hawaiian flag features the Union Jack of the United Kingdom, reflecting the islands’ historical relationship with Great Britain.
  17. Hawaii has its own time zone called Hawaiian Standard Time.
  18. The nene is Hawaii’s state bird, a type of Hawaiian goose.
  19. Hawaii is the only U.S. state with a tropical rainforest.
  20. Mount Waialeale on Kauai is one of the rainiest spots on earth.
  21. The Aloha Spirit is a part of Hawaiian culture, emphasizing friendliness, compassion, and peace.
  22. Hawaiian green sea turtles, known as honu, are considered sacred in Hawaiian culture.
  23. Hawaii was originally called the Sandwich Islands by explorer James Cook.
  24. Diamond Head, a famous landmark, is a tuff cone volcano on Oahu.
  25. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world.
  26. Leis are traditional Hawaiian flower necklaces given as a symbol of welcome or farewell.
  27. Hawaii’s coral reefs are known as the “rainforests of the sea” because of their rich biodiversity.
  28. The Road to Hana is a famous scenic drive on Maui with beautiful waterfalls and ocean views.
  29. Whale watching is a popular activity in Hawaii, especially from December to May.
  30. The spirit of ‘Ohana (family) is very important in Hawaiian culture, emphasizing community and cooperation.


Wow, Hawaii is truly an amazing place with so much to see, learn, and explore! From its stunning natural beauty and unique wildlife to its rich history and culture, Hawaii is a paradise like no other. Remember these fun facts, and maybe one day, you’ll visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii and experience its magic for yourself!


Q: What languages are spoken in Hawaii? A: English and Hawaiian are the official languages of Hawaii, but you’ll hear many other languages spoken because of its diverse population.