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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
|Flag||Find out more...||1816|
|Bird||Nene, also known as the Hawaiian goose (Branta sandwicensis)||1957|
|Great Seal||Find out more...||1959|
|Popular name||The Aloha State||1959|
|Tree||Kukui tree (Aleurites Moluccana)||1959|
|Marine mammal||Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)||1979|
|Fish||Humuhumunukunukuapua`a, also known as the rectangular trigger fish or Hawaiian trigger fish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus)||1985
|Team sport||Outrigger canoe paddling||1986|
|Flower||Pua aloalo, or Ma`o-hau-hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei)||1988|
|Order of Merit||Hawaiian||1993|
|Plant||Kalo (Colocasia esculenta), Hawaiian word for taro||2007|
|Mammal||Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi)||2008|
|Insect||Pulelehua, also known as the Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea)||2009|
|'Auana musical instrument||Ukulele||2015|
|Kahiko musical instrument||Pahu||2015|
To help us understand how laws are made in Hawaii, the Hawaii State Legislature offers a 64-page citizen's guide, The Legislative Process: A Process of the People, and Definitions, including a Glossary of Legislative Terms and a list of Abbreviations and Acronyms. Their Frequently Asked Questions page may be helpful as well.
Hawaii Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Hawaii symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
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