Meet…Alana from Hawaii
Name: Alana Fetuolemoana Kihoi-Richardson
Hometown: Pearl City
Language spoken: English
Family: Mom, dad, aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents
Mother’s work: Make-up artist
Favorite activities: Singing, playing tennis and doing Junior Police Officer duties (in Hawaii, Junior Police Officers, or JPOs, are kids who help make sure that their school is safe, clean and organized).
Favorite Hawaiian Food: Kalua Pig and Cabbage, Laulau and Poi
What would you like to be when you grow up? A veterinarian
What would you like kids in the continental United States to know about life in Hawaii? Here in Hawaii, we dance hula, where you wave your hands to tell a story.
HAWAII AT A GLANCE
Location: The Pacific Ocean
Geographical Structure: Hawaii is made up of a chain of over 100 islands and islets. Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is in the island of O’ahu.
Population: About 1.3 million
People: Asian 38.8%, Caucasian 30.2%, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 9.2%, Hispanic 9.0%, African American 3.2%, Other 9.6%
Official State Languages: English and Hawaiian
History: It is believed that the first people in Hawaii came from other Polynesian islands over 1,000 years ago. In 1893, the U.S. military overthrew the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani. In 1959, the U.S. government took over the Hawaiian Islands completely, making it the country’s 50th state the same year.
LEARN A LITTLE HAWAIIAN
Aloha: Hello, Goodbye or Love
Mahalo: Thank you!
Hau’oli la Hanau: Happy birthday!