Here are some additional ideas to spark more interest in Hawaii:
Fun Facts About Hawaii for Kids
First, together with your child, find Hawaii on a map and show your child that it is in the middle of the ocean and far away from us! What is an island? How many islands are there in Hawaii? Hawaii is so different from where we live, it invites curiosity, conversation, comparing and contrasting, questions and exploration! Here are some fun facts that even you may not know about this unique part of the United States:
- You can go snow skiing on Hawaii’s Big Island.
- Hawaii was once called the Sandwich Islands.
- Aloha means love, affection, and mercy. It is used as a greeting and as a send off.
- Hawaii’s state flag features the flag of Great Britain, the Union Jack, in the upper left corner.
- When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II.
- King Kamehameha united the islands in 1810.
- There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet including 5 vowels and 7 consonants (H, K, L, M, N, P, W).
- This is the only state that grows coffee.
- There are 8 main islands that make up the state of Hawaii including Maui, Niihau, Lanai, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Kahoolawe and the Island of Hawaii
- The islands are actually the tops of very tall volcanoes. Measured from the base at the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world.