Posted by Ancestry Team on August 22, 2014 in Research

hilo-town-hawaiiThis week, Hawaii celebrated its 55th statehood anniversary. It seems like a good time to take a look beyond the beautiful beaches, ocean waves, and palm trees and learn more about this beautiful state. Here are five things you might not know about the Aloha State:

  1. The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning “homeland.”
  2. Measured east/west, Hawaii is the widest U.S. state (approximately 1,500 miles wide).
  3. Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
  4. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, and W.
  5. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee. (Thank you, Hawaii!)

Our latest state guide, “Hawaii State Research Guide: Family History Sources in the Aloha State,” gives a background of Hawaiian history, a timeline, and numerous resources that you’ll want to explore when looking for your Hawaiian ancestors? Not lucky enough to have Hawaiian ancestors? Check out our other state research guides.