Union's 50th State Can Boast Unique Geography, History


POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2009

Admission of Hawaii as the 50th State creates:

The first island state.

The first tropical state.

A new location of the most southerly point of the U.S., from Key West, Florida, to Kalae Point on the extreme southern tip of the Big Island.

A move of the geographic center of the U.S. seven miles west of the present location in South Dakota.

A new “;wettest spot in the States,”; Mount Waialeale, near Kokee, Kauai, with an average annual rainfall of 471.68 inches, the “;wettest spot on earth.”; (Latouche in Alaska, the next wettest spot in the U.S., has 177 inches a year.)


The state with the mildest climate —— the U.S. Weather Bureau at Honolulu airport has recorded an “;extreme”; low of 55 and an “;extreme”; high of 90 degrees.

The state with the world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa.

The state with the world's largest inactive volcano with a historical record of eruption, Haleakala.

The only state which was once an independent kingdom (Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the U.S.)

The state which produces 65 per cent of the world's canned pineapple product.


A new 50-star flag (the design isn't official yet).

A state with a population (585,025) larger than any of five other states —— Delaware, Nevada, Vermont, Wyoming and Alaska.

The only state with a predominantly Oriental population.

A state with a land area (6,434 square miles) larger than that of three other states —— Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut.

A state which stretches across about 1,600 miles. (If the Islands were superimposed on the Mainland, they would stretch from St. Louis, Missouri to Portland, Oregon.