Aloha! President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing Hawaii as an unincorporated territory of the United States on July 7, 1898. Hawaii remained a territory until becoming our fiftieth state on August 21, 1959. Its natural beauty and tropical climate make it a popular tourist destination.

Hawaii Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

50 States: Hawaii Facts and Trivia3 stars

"There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet." "The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world." "More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii." Facts are fun, and these fifty facts are no exception. To explore facts and trivia for other states, use the search function, or hop on over to the site's home page, where all fifty states are listed.

A to Z Kids Stuff: Hawaii4 stars

"Hawaii is the southernmost U.S. state and the only state made up of islands. Ka Lae on the island of Hawaii is the southern most point of the USA." A to Z offers a cornucopia of Things to Know (about Hawaii) along with coloring pages, and links to off-site resources. Best click is the Hawaii State Symbols PDF which includes both color images of the state symbols, and a few coloring pages.

Hawaii Kids4 stars

Hawaii Kids is brought to you by the Hawaiian singing duo, Leon & Malia. Visit with your little ones to learn about Hawaii's animals, people and land. "Hawaii's humpback whales live most of the time in the waters off Alaska. Every year, as winter approaches and seas around Alaska get too cold, they leave their home and swim about 3,000 miles to the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands! Here, they meet with many whale friends to relax and play with during the winter months."

National Geographic: Hawaii Guide5 stars

Although some of the Hawaii Guide is geared toward tourists, there's quite a bit here for students writing state reports or just wanting to learn more about Hawaii. Best clicks are found under Facts (" Ecologists estimate that 89 percent of Hawaii's flowering plants and 97 percent of its land animals – among them the world's only predatory caterpillars – exist nowhere else on Earth."), Map, Video, and Your Hawaii Photos. The latter is a photo gallery of user-submitted snap shots. These photographers may not be on the National Geographic payroll, but their photos are fantastic. Don't miss them.

TIME for Kids: Hawaii5 stars

"Sparkling in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's islands are a tropical paradise of exotic flowers, beautiful beaches and year-round warmth. The Hawaiian word aloha can mean ‘hello,' ‘goodbye' or ‘love.' Say aloha to the 50th U.S. state." With Quick Facts, a History Timeline, and Native Lingo, this TIME for Kids site is my Hawaii pick of the week.

Hawaii Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Enchanted Learning: Hawaii

Hawaii Facts

New York Times: A Revolution In Hawaii

Paul Theroux’s Quest to Define Hawaii

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Feldman, Barbara. "Hawaii." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 24 Jun. 2014. Web. 3 Sep. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/hawaii/ >.

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