Dad of Divas' Reviews: Living Vicariously & Visiting Hawaii Though A Great New Book!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Living Vicariously & Visiting Hawaii Though A Great New Book!

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A with 50 fact-filled maps!

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About the Book
Children will be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this lavishly-illustrated collect of fact-filled maps. There are thousands of wondrous locations to be explored, hundreds of historical moments to discover, and the book also includes information on hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today.

For me, one of the fun things about this book is that you get to explore new States and locations and see some of the wonderful sights from a birdseye view. The book was beautifully made and for me, I spent a lot of time on Hawaii, as it is a State that we had wanted to explore ourselves someday. 

While the picture above is small, the amount of information shared about this State was extensive and to be honest, all of the State pages were like this.

One the Hawaii page you learn about:

Well Known People
  • BETHANY HAMILTON b.1990 At age 13, Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack. She went on to become a winning pro surfer.
  • DUKE KAHANAMOKU 1890–1968 A five-time Olympic swimming medalist, Honolulu-born Kahanamoku is known as the “Father of Modern Surfing
  • KAMEHAMEHA I c.1758–1819 “Kamehameha the Great” unified the islands of Hawaii as king after he conquered each in turn.
  • LILI’UOKALANI 1838–1917 The last queen of Hawaii reigned during a turbulent time and was forced to give up her throne to avoid violence.
  • PATSY MINK 1927–2002 Maui-born Mink was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress.
  • PHILIP KUNIA “GABBY” PAHINUI 1921–1980 A master slack key and steel guitarist, Pahinui earned his nickname when he wore gabardine pants to his gigs.

Famous Dates

  • MAY 10, 1873: Father Damien arrives and spends 16 years caring for those in in the Kalaupapa leper colony until his death (from the same disease).
  • OCTOBER 8, 1840: Hawaii rids itself of the name Sandwich Islands, which it was called by Captain James Cook in 1778.
  • DECEMBER 7, 1941: Japanese forces attack the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor.
  • 1966: Big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau becomes the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay, sometimes braving 20-foot waves to rescue people; he saves hundreds during his career.
  • NOVEMBER 7, 1978: Hawaiian is recognized as an official language of the state, after its use was banned when Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
  • JANUARY 3, 1983: The volcano Kilauea begins a long-lasting eruption, which continues over 30 years, destroying more than 200 buildings
  • JANUARY 24, 1985: Ellison Shoji Onizuka, an astronaut born in Kealakekua, orbits the earth 48 times as a NASA mission specialist.
  • NOVEMBER 1, 1993: Ukulele star Israel Kamakawiwo’ole releases Facing Future, which becomes Hawaii’s first platinum album
  • JUNE 26, 2005: At age 15, shark-attack survivor and amputee Bethany Hamilton shreds the waves and wins her first national surf title.
  • JANUARY 20, 2009: Honolulu-born Barack Obama becomes the first president from Hawaii and the nation’s first black president.
Famous Places

  • AMAZING MAZE The Dole pineapple plantation is home to an almost 2-mile-long maze: the largest in the world!
  • CAPTAIN COOK The British explorer Captain James Cook was killed in 1779 in Kealakekua Bay.
  • COLORFUL SANDS Volcanoes, not crayons, created the black and green sands of Hawaii Island.
  • CRESCENT-SHAPED CRATER Molokini, a partially submerged volcanic crater, is a snorkeling wonderland.
  • DRIP, DROP Mount Waialeale gets 460 inches of rain a year, making it the rainiest spot in the U.S.!
  • FLOWER POWER Made with flowers, leaves, and shells, Hawaii’s traditional garlands—called lei—show respect, congratulations, welcome, or appreciation.
  • GREEN SEA TURTLES were once endangered in Hawaiian waters, but their numbers are slowly increasing again.
And many other facts can be found on this and all of the other pages in this book. The book was so filled with great information, it makes me want to drop everything and just go!

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