Hawaii

Facts & Figures

Hawaii
  • Capital: Honolulu (on Oahu)

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Hawaii/HI

  • Governor: David Ige, D (to Dec. 2018)

  • Lieut. Governor: Shan Tsutsui (to Dec. 2018)

  • Senators: Mazie Hirono (D) (to Jan. 2019); Brian Schatz, D (to Dec. 2017)

  • U.S. Representatives: 2

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Atty. General: David M. Louie, D (appt'd. by gov.)

  • Organized as territory: 1900

  • Entered Union (rank): Aug. 21, 1959 (50)

  • Motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)

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  • Nickname: Aloha State (1959)

  • Origin of name: Uncertain. The islands may have been named by Hawaii Loa, their traditional discoverer. Or they may have been named after Hawaii or Hawaiki, the traditional home of the Polynesians.

  • 10 largest cities1 (2010): Honolulu , 374,701; Ewa, 279,683; Koolaupoko, 121,180; East Honolulu, 49,914; Pearl City, 47,698; Hilo , 43,263; Waipahu, 38,216; Kaneohe, 34,597; North Kona, 33,155; Mililani Town, 27,629.

  • Land area: 6,423 sq mi. (16,637 sq km)

  • Geographic center: Between islands of Hawaii and Maui

  • Number of counties: 5 (Kalawao non-functioning)

  • Largest county by population and area: Honolulu, 974,990 (2012); Hawaii, 4,028 sq mi.

  • State forests: 19 natural area reserves (over 109,000 ac.)

  • State park: 52 (25,000 ac.)

  • Residents: Hawaiian, also kamaaina (native-born nonethnic Hawaiian), malihini (newcomer)

  • 2014 resident population: 1,419,561

  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 1,360,301 (40). Male: 681,243 (50.1%); Female: 679,058 (49.9%). White: 336,599 (24.7%); Black: 21,424 (1.6%); American Indian: 4,164 (0.3%); Asian: 525,078 (38.6%); Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 135,422 (10.0%); Other race: 16,985 (1.3%); Two or more races: 320,629 (23.6%); Hispanic/Latino: 120,842 (8.9%). 2010 population 18 and over: 1,056,483; 65 and over: 195,138 (14.3%); median age: 38.6.

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