Aloha! After being encamped in the heart of the Midwest for the last three weeks (whoever decided to put Illinois, Indiana and Iowa all right next to each other really wanted to mess with my plans for going in ABC order to try to keep it a little more balanced, lemme tell ya!) we hitch a ride over 6,000 miles away to the tropical beauty of the Hawaiian Islands! (And yes, I do realized that H comes before I in the alphabet meaning we should have already done Hawaii – stick around this week and find out why we shook things up.)
I have been looking forward to Hawaii week since we kicked off our state adventure. I couldn’t wait to learn more about how a chain of islands halfway between here and Asia became the fiftieth state. Plus I don’t know about you, but I’d be more than willing to take a trip to Hawaii for a week – even if it’s just a pretend vacation where we learn about and include parts of Hawaii in our day to day routine while firmly entrenched here in Michigan. I’ve got quite the imagination and a four and five year old who remind me of sponges; can’t wait to share Hawaii with them this week. I did approach putting up the wall a little differently tonight. I felt my ability in words to impart on them the true beauty of Hawaii was inadequate so I substituted in a few videos from the islands of a lot of the things I've discussed below. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
One thing I wanted to make them aware of tonight while we put up the Hawaii wall was how different the landscape of Hawaii is than any other state in the union. There are 8 major islands (one of which is uninhabited) that make up the state which extend over a 1500 mile area. The chain of islands formed as the Pacific plate moved slowly northwestward over a hotspot in the Earth’s mantle at about 32 miles (51 km) per million years. (thanks Wikipedia!) Each of the eight major islands have their own nickname and actually have their own color and flower used to identify it. The three largest (Hawaii, Maui and Oahu) are the most well-known and draw the largest numbers of tourists. And when the tourists come, boy is there plenty to see and do!