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Hawaii State Name Origin

Kauai Island, Hawaii - click to see all state name origins
Scenic Honolulu, Hawaii; photo by Eric Mesa on Flickr ( noncommercial
use permitted with attribution / share alike). See All State Name Origins.
Hawaii - click to see all state name origins

What does the name Hawaii mean?

"Hawaii" is possibly based on the native Hawaiian word for homeland (Owhyhee). Captain James Cook discovered the islands in 1778 and named the group "the Sandwich islands" (in honor of the Earl of Sandwich). This name lasted until King Kamehameha I united the islands under his rule in 1819 as the "Kingdom of Hawaii."

Hawii beach - click to see all state name origins
Hawii beach; photo by Andy Beal Photography on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). See All State Name Origins.
Source:
Hawaii Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Links:
Hawaii: Answers.com
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Hawaii Symbols & Icons:

bird -fish - insect
mammal 1 - 2
plant - gem - soil
tree - flower

 

 song - dance
 team sport
 individual sport
 language - motto
 order of merit

 
 Island Flowers:
  Hawai'i - Maui
  O'ahu  - Kaua'i
  Moloka'i
  Lana'i - Ni'ihau
  Kaho'olawe 

 eternal flame
 liberty bell 
 name origin
 nickname
 flag - seal  
 Island colors
 quarter
 

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