Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Cultural Study: Hawaii

Enjoying ukele music while in Hawaii

Enjoying ukulele music while in Hawaii

Related Posts:

Atlantic and Pacific Regions

Mountains, Islands & Volcanoes

Sea Turtle Suncatcher

Recommended Books:

  • Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono
  • Froggy Goes To Hawaii by Jonathan London
  • Aloha, Dolores by Barbara Samuels
  • Olvina Flies by Grace Lin
  • A Lei For Tutu by Rebecca Nevers Fellows
  • Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl by Jean Craighead George
  • High Tide In Hawaii (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark by Donivee Martin Laird


  • The State of Hawaii is the 50th State (statehood in 1959)
  • It is the only state that is not geographically located in North America
  • It is made up of eight volcanic islands in the mid-Pacific Ocean
  • The original settlers were the Polynesian people
  • Hawaii’s landscape includes volcanoes, tropical forests, beaches and plantations
  • The state flower is the Hibiscus
  • The state bird is the Hawaiian Goose
  • Hawaii state song (lyrics with translation)
  • The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu (located in the island of Oahu)
  • Hawaii is known as the Aloha State
  • Both men and women wear flowers over the ear
  • Natives spell the name with an apostrophe between the two i’s (Hawai’i) and pronounce it with a “v” sound (hu vah ee)

Historical Information:

King Kamehameha's statue

King Kamehameha’s statue

Before Hawaii was a state, it was a kingdom – The Kingdom of Hawai’i. The first monarch was King Kamehameha I. He established the Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1810. He was known as King Kamehameha the Great. The last monarch was Queen Liliuokalani, who was overthrown in 1893 by the Community of Safety/Annexation Club (a 13-member group of the Hawaiian League). American lawyer Sanford B. Dole assisted in drafting their declaration for the takeover. He became Hawai’i’s leader immediately after the takeover and a few months later was named Hawaii’s governor. His cousin, James Dole, established the Dole Pineapple Company.

Additional Resources:

  • TIME for Kids ~ Around The World: Destination Hawaii
  • The book The Last Hawaiian Queen – Liliuokalani by Paula Guzzetti is a good resource to build a biographical or historical lesson.
  • The book Hawaii by Bob Italia (part of the United States Geography Series) is a good resource in general for a Hawaii related lesson.
  • State of Hawaii symbols
  • Hawaii activities, printables and worksheets
  • Hawaiian Hand Sign ~ shaka sign

Did You Know?: The Hawaiian alphabet consists of seven consonants (H, K, L, M, N, P and W) and five vowels (A, E, I, O and U)

Common Hawaiian Words:

  • Aloha (ah-LO-ha) – greeting, farewell, love, affection and kindness
  • Hale (HAH-lay) – house
  • Keiki (KAY-kee) – child
  • Luau (loo-OW) – Hawaiian feast
  • Lani (LAH-nee) – heaven or heavenly
  • Mahalo (MAH-ha-lo) – thank you
  • Nani (NAH-nee) – beautiful
  • Ono (OH-noh) – delicious

Check out this link to type your name and have it translated to the Hawaiian language. It also offers a link to get the proper pronunciation for it.


Coloring Page: Hawaiian Symbols

Food & Drink:

  • Make Hawaiian Pizza (add ham/Canadian bacon and pineapple chunks to basic cheese pizza)
  • Hula Cooler
  • Traditional Hawaiian song adapted for the ukulele – He’eia
  • Children performing traditional Hawaiian hula dance and chant – link
  • Women’s Hula Dance – link
  • Men’s Hula Dance – link
  • Men’s Hawaiian Fire Dance – link
  • Hawaii’s Gourd Society discussing their Ipu farm (ipu is the musical gourd drum used in hula)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on July 19, 2012 by in Geography, History, Language, Music & Rhymes, Social Studies, Stories and tagged , , .
%d bloggers like this: