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