About the Hawaii Lesson
A lesson on the history of the state of Hawaii. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.
• To introduce students to salient features about Hawaii?s history.
The state of Hawaii includes a series of 132 volcanic islands located in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. Americans in the continental United States are most familiar with the eight largest islands: the island named Hawaii, Maui, Kaho?olawe, Lana?i, Moloka?i, O?ahu, Kaua?i, and Ni?ihau.
Early History of Hawaii
Hawaii was settled by the Polynesian people, an ethnic and cultural group that occupies the Pacific Islands. Historians believe that the first people arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in the third or fourth century CE from the Marquesas Islands, also in the Pacific Ocean. Historians also believe that people from the island of Tahiti conquered the first settlers of Hawaii around 1200 CE.