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A list of US state slogans is available, as well as a list of US state State Name, origin of the state names, and the state resident's names.
Hawaii State Names
Hawaii Name Etymology and State Nicknames
Origin of Hawaii State 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.
The Hawaiian language word Hawaiʻi derives from Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki, with the reconstructed
meaning "homeland"; cognate words are found in other Polynesian languages, including Māori (Hawaiki),
Rarotongan (ʻAvaiki), and Samoan (Savaiʻi). (See also Hawaiki).
Though Captain James Cook called the islands that he discovered in 1778 the Sandwich islands, this honor to the Earl of Sandwich would be short-lived. King Kamehameha I united the islands under his rule by 1819 as the Kingdom of Hawaii.
A couple of theories exist on the origin of the name Hawaii. One theory has it that the name comes from a combination of the words "Hawa" and "ii" and means a small or new homeland; "Hawa" meaning a traditional homeland and "ii" meaning small and raging. The other theory is that the name comes from the traditional discoverer of the islands, Hawaii Loa.
Many of Hawaii's supporters call it Paradise of the Pacific, or Crossroads of the Pacific (although this is mostly associated with the city of Honolulu), and others call it the Pineapple State. But since 1959 a Polynesian greeting has given the state's official nickname (which also appears on license plates), The Aloha State.
Hawaii became officially known as the "Aloha State" by a 1959 legislative act. Haw. Rev. Stat. 5-7
Hawai`i Revised Statutes, Volume 1, Chapter 5, Section 5.7.
The Islands of Aloha
Hawaii Postal Code
Hawaii Resident's Name
Hawai'i residents aren't referred to as "Hawaiian" unless they have aboriginal native blood. This differs from other states because of the ethnic identity and name of state being same.
The etymologies of some US state names are more obvious than others, derived from the Spanish or French tongue. Though, more than half of the US state names come from Native American tribal languages, with several still a mystery to scholars and historians.
Etymology:Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma
Date: before 12th century
a: a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing
b: a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
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