These free printables and unit studies about the history of Hawaii will help your kids explore the United States of America’s island paradise.
Doesn’t Hawaii just sound perfect right about now? Beaches, luaus, and fun outdoors. Hawaii just happens to be one of those places that I have never heard any complaints about.
I mean, Dog the Bounty Hunter had a good run with criminals there, but even that wasn’t enough to make me think Hawaii was horrible.
Living in the Tongan Islands now, I have found that many Tongan families migrated to Hawaii and now call Hawaii home.
Hawaii’s brief history:
The first settlers to the Hawaiian Islands were Polynesians via canoe as early as A.D. 400, and just like Captain James Cook was the first European to land on the Tongan Islands, Captain Cook was also the first to land on Hawaii in 1778.
Unfortunately, Captain Cook was killed by Hawaiians on his second visit to the islands.
From 1791-1810, King Kamehameha united the entire archipelago into a kingdom (through conquering other rulers, of course).
In 1820, the very first Christian missionaries arrived, then Western traders and whalers. Sadly, they also unknowingly brought diseases that devastated the native Hawaiian population.
Imagine this for a moment. When Captain Cook first came to the islands, there were about 300,000 natives living there. By the year 1853, the Hawaiian native population was 70,000.
American colonists overthrew the kingdom in 1893 and established the Republic of Hawaii. The U.S. annexed Hawaii as a territory in 1898.
Although difficult to speak about, the history of Hawaii would not be the same without mention of the horrific event in Pearl Harbor that killed over 2,300 Americans.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese air attack sank the U.S.S. Arizona with 1,100 men aboard and damaged several other ships.
This attack inevitably forced U.S. involvement in World War II.
In 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th state, and the rest is history.
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Explore these free printables and unit studies about the history of Hawaii:
FREE! Hawaii Unit Study | Ben and Me
Hawaii Unit Study | Adventures in Mommydom
FREE Hawaii Education Printables | ThoughtCo.
State Unit Study – Hawaii | ThoughtCo.
Our Hawaii Unit Study: A Round-up and Resources | Craft Knife
Hawaii Unit Study and FREE Lapbook | Homeschool Helper Online
Fast Facts- Hawaii | Nat Geo Kids
The History of Hawaii | Sutori
Hawaii – Creating the Aloha State | US History Scene
Teaching Hawaiian Statehood | TeachingHistory.org
Hawaii State History | Ducksters
Brief History of Hawaii | Hawaii-Guide
Hawaii History & Growth of A Civilization | Tour Maui
A Brief History of the Hawaiian Islands | Go Hawaii
Hawaii History And Culture Preservation | Hawaii.gov
14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of Hawaii | Only in Your State
Free resources and printables about Hawaii:
FREE Map Grid: Hawaii | Education.com
Hawaii Infographic | Maps of World
Explore: USA – Hawaii Printable Pack | From ABC to ACTS
Road Trip USA: Hawaii | Confessions of a Homeschooler
State of Hawaii FREE Coloring Pages | Apples 4 the Teacher
FREE Lesson Plan – Hands-on Guide to Hawaiʻi’s Sandy Shore Habitat | University of Hawaii HILO
Hawaii State Flower FREE Worksheet | Education.com
Across the USA in 31 Days: Hawaii | In All You Do
Books about Hawaii to check out of your local library:
Hawaiian Folk Tales & Children’s Books | Pragmatic Mom
Picture Book about Hawaii | Look! We’re Learning
Hawaii State Books for Kids | 3 Boys and a Dog
Children’s Books Set in Hawaii | Kids Travel Books
Videos all about Hawaii’s history will help your visual learners:
Hawaii for Kids – US States Learning Video | Homeschool Pop
Video of Hawaii Facts for Kids – Hawaii Fun Facts | Hey! Guess What
Hawaii History: Timeline Video | Past To Future
Quick History of Hawaii | That Was History
Crafts and activities to add to your History of Hawaii lessons:
State of Hawaii Crafts and Activities for Kids | Danielle’s Place
Catch The Aloha Spirit With These Fun Hawaiian Crafts And Activities For Kids | Sunshine Whispers
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Don’t forget to also add some interesting facts about Hawaii in your Hawaiian history lesson. Share some cool facts with your kiddos like:
- Surfing was invented in Hawaii.
- You can mail a coconut anywhere in the world from Hawaii.
- Mount Haleakala in Maui is the largest dormant volcano in the entire world.
- Hawaii is the only state with two official languages (Hawaiian and English).
- Here is the fact my kids found the coolest – Mauna Kea mountain in Hawaii is only 13,796 feet above sea level. However… it extends about 19,7000 feet below sea level in the Pacific Ocean. This means that Mauna Kea is actually the tallest mountain in the entire world (1 mile taller than Everest), but it just happens to be below sea level. Check out more about Hawaii volcanoes here.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!