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Hawaii: Geography Quiz

Updated on January 22, 2015
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Daisy Mariposa, a travel agent for several years, has occupational certificates in Travel Management and International Business.

The famous 6-second kiss between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in "From Here to Eternity" was filmed on this beach.
The famous 6-second kiss between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in "From Here to Eternity" was filmed on this beach. | Source

What is Geography?

I found many definitions of geography while doing the research for my article. Claudius Ptolemy (circa 90 AD – 168 AD), a Greco-Roman astrologer, astronomer, geographer, and mathematician who lived in Egypt, wrote a definition of geography in 160 AD, that I think is the easiest to understand definition of the term that I found in all my research.

Ptolemy said "The purpose of geography is to provide 'a view of the whole' earth by mapping the location of places."

A black sand beach, formed by the pounding of the Pacific Ocean against volcanic rock.
A black sand beach, formed by the pounding of the Pacific Ocean against volcanic rock. | Source

Quizzes in My Geography Series

I have written several geography quizzes, among them quizzes about California, Florida, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, England, Europe, European Capital Cities, and South American Capital Cities. Several of my readers have requested that I write geography quizzes about specific locations. I have a "to write" list, and will create all requested quizzes as time permits.

I have traveled to more than half of the states in the United States and more than 30 countries. One of my favorite travel destinations is the state of Hawaii. I hope you'll learn something new about this fascinating place after taking my quiz.

Please post your score in the comments section after you complete the quiz. If you have any suggestions about other geography quizzes you would like me to write, please post them there, too.

A Few Facts About the Eight Major Hawaiian Islands

ISLAND NICKNAME
ISLAND NAME
A FEW FACTS
Big Island
Hawai'i
Both the youngest and the largest of the Hawaiian islands. Due to volcanic activity, the island is still growing.
Forbidden Isle
Ni'ihau
Privately owned. Nearly all residents are native Hawaiians. Was off-limits to tourists until a few years ago.
Friendly Isle
Moloka'i
Most "Hawaiian" of the Hawaiian islands. Birthplace of the hula.
Garden Isle
Kaua'i
Geologically, the oldest Hawaiian island. Captain James Cook landed here in 1778.
Gathering Place
O'ahu
Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941.
Pineapple Isle
Lana'i
Smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands. Has one school for Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Has three paved roads and no traffic lights.
Target Isle
Kaho'olawe
Uninhabited. Once used by the United States Navy and Air Force as a target.
Valley Isle
Maui
Second largest of the Hawaiian islands. Has the largest dormant volcano in the world. Whaling was a major industry.

Molokini: Small Island? Rim of a Volcano?

I went on a sailing excursion out of Maalaea Bay, Maui several years ago. We sailed past Molokini, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe. The islands can be seen from the southern beaches on Maui, but it was so much better seeing them up close.

Molokini is a popular destination if you like snorkeling and diving. It's a crescent-shaped island located three miles off the coast of Maui. It's also the rim of a partially submerged volcano.

Some people told us that Molokini will eventually become Hawaii's ninth major island.

Molokini
Molokini | Source

Hawaiian Islands (Both Satellite and Traditional Map Views)

Hawaii: Test Your Geography Knowledge


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The Pineapple Maze, the world's largest maze.
The Pineapple Maze, the world's largest maze. | Source

Which of the eight major islands do you find most interesting?

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment (and questions).

      After receiving my four-year college degree, I took other college courses of study. One was in Travel Management, and the other was in International Business. I received occupational certificates in both. Each of these involved taking a prescribed group of about ten courses. I have always been interested in travel and the cultures of other countries. I worked as a travel agent for a few years.

      I'm currently a freelance writer for a marketing company. One of the services this company offers to its clients is writing. One of the marketing company's major clients is a travel company. I've been writing travel articles and editing travel articles other writers have created.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I would love to visit Hawaii or anywhere in or around America, I noticed above that you have visited loads of countries, can I ask how or why? was it for work? oh, and the quiz was great, but my memory was rubbish! lol!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I have visited 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies, plus more than half the states in this country. Hawaii is one of my favorite places.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hawaii is on my bucket list! One of my daughters honeymooned there and just raved about it. Your photos are outstanding.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared here and on Google+

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Suzette (suzettenaples),

      Thank you for reading my article and adding your comment. Wikimedia Commons is a terrific source for legally-attributable images. The table capsule is a big help in organizing data.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and informative hub, Daisy. The photos are stunning. I have never been to Hawai'i, but would love to see it some day. This hub makes me want to see it asap. The chart is a great idea.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Christina (CMCastro),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Some of the Hawaiian islands are so large, the people who live there have to drive quite quite a distance to get to a beach.

      To which island did your brother and sister-in-law move?

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thanks for sharing. It's amazing that this place is American. We can not even pronounce the names without help. My brother and sis in law just moved there last year. He said in 1986 on a postcard from there, Wish I could live here. (Be careful what you ask for). I don't know if I would ever visit, but some people just love being near the beach all the time.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      rdsparrowriter,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. If you took the quiz, what was your score?

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Wow ! You've travelled a lot ...Great article, interesting quiz . Voted up and awesome!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dana,

      Thanks for reading my article and taking the quiz.

      From what my readers have said in their comments, this quiz was more difficult than some of the other quizzes I've written.

      I've been to Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. The "Big Island" of Hawaii is my favorite of the four islands. Maui is my least favorite.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      45% on the Quiz. Yikes!... I have been to Oahu and I LOVED it! My brother was stationed there in the NAvy so we got to exerience it in a different way. My mom and I stayed at a resort (so gorgeous) but we did our sightseeing and dining with my brother. The North Shore was like another world! I woul ddefinitely go back.

      GREAT ARTICLE! wonderful picture choices. The quiz was fun too!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mike,

      Thanks for reading my article and attempting to take the quiz.

      When I create my quizzes, I can't always tell how difficult they are going to be. Judging from the comments in my Hub, this quiz was more difficult than the other ones I've written.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Well... I tried to take the quiz but I surrendered quickly!! All first 8 questions were wrong :(

      Anyway, thanks for this interesting post.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rebecca,

      Thanks for reading my article and taking my geography quiz. The photographs in this Hub are among my favorite photos. The pineapple maze is incredible!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, that pineapple maze is just amazing. Well illustrated Hub for sure!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Another great quiz! I am having a blast with your geography quiz series! Besides, whenever I can, looking at pictures of Hawaii is tops on my list; and yours rock!

      HubHugs~

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna,

      Thanks for your kind words. I wouldn't mind being in Hawaii, either. It's one of my favorite travel destinations.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I wish I were there right now. Beautiful hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchira,

      Thanks for visiting again. My favorite islands are Kauai and Hawaii. Parts are the Big Island are commercial, but there are a number of areas where one doesn't see that many tourists.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I like Mauii and Kauii the best. Hawaii and oahu find it commercialized.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchira,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

      Which of the islands is your favorite?

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      great quiz and I usually visit the islands of hawaii in christmas so, this was a feast for me to go and revisit all the islands :)

      Thanks Daisy. voted up as interesting and sharing it across

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Sorry it took me so long to come back, no I don't think I have, I will go and have a go at them, mind you I will probably be as bad! lol!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for reading my article and taking the quiz. I try to write questions that are informative, from which readers will learn.

      Have you taken either my England geography quiz or my Europe geography quiz?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I loved this! trouble was I only got six right, but hey I learned something on each question! lol! how lovely to be able to visit hawaii and the other islands, I would love to visit, they are so beautiful, voted up! cheers nell

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lesley,

      Thanks so much for reading my Hub and taking the quiz.

      You live in a beautiful part of the UK. I visited the Wye Valley quite a few years ago. Perhaps one day you'll have an opportunity to travel to Hawaii.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Aurelio,

      I'm proud of you for taking my quiz! There have been times when you have just read the questions without even guessing at the answers.

      If you have any suggestions for the subject of future geography quizzes, please let me know.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm too embarrassed to declare my score - doh!

      I knew nothing about Hawaii before reading and enjoyed reading, voting up/interesting

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Considering I know nothing about Hawaii, I'm surprised at the score of 30%. I think that's just statistical, right? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      India,

      Thanks so much for your very kind words. I've published several geography quizzes...they're fun to write. I think the format for this one works the best of all so far. I'll probably keep it for future quizzes.

      I'm glad you included the anecdote about your drive to Hana. I've done a lot of adventurous things, but not that stressful drive. It's the other tourists who have kept me from driving to Hana. Keeping my eyes on the road while avoiding the drivers who haven't done the same would be too much for me.

      Thanks for sharing my Hub. I think I'm going to order some Kona coffee and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts online amd find a good source for the syrup so I can make some Hawaiian shave ice.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      What a great hub! Loved the quiz, the images, and the text. It all comes together for a really fun and educational experience! Thanks so much Daisy!

      When we went to Maui in 2006, we drove ourselves along the Hana Highway excursion in a rented SUV. It was more like a drive that tested one's level of stress control and people skills! The landscape, waterfalls, hidden grottoes, and Bamboo forests were a spectacular sight. But the hundreds of vehicles driven by tourists who were not familiar with manipulating such thin bridges made it a bit of a challenge. We did find the best Hawaiian ice (banana & coconut flavored of course) and the handmade dried coconut candy the locals sold along the road are treats I crave to this day! Would I take that drive again, absolutely...but this time, I would rent a few scooters!

      This is a fantastic piece of work ma'am! The chart rocks! A sharing I will go!...now I want a Hawaiian ice snack!!

      HubHugs~

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lela,

      Unfortunately, it can be costly living in the Aloha State.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      We lived in Kihei, Wailuku and Kahului. We almost bought a house up countly in Hailemaile. So beautiful, but too expensive.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lela,

      How could you forget Kona coffee?!? In what town on Maui did you live?

      My boyfriend's department chairperson grew up on Lana'i. Rather than attend the one school that from's Kindergarten through the twelfth grade, she spent her high school years at the Punahou School on Oahu.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rachel,

      At least you took the quiz. One of my friends, Aurelio (alocsin), has been known to just read the questions on some of my geography quizzes.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ava,

      The flight from Kathmandu to any of the Hawaiian islands would be painfully long. When I traveled from Mission Viejo, California to Mumbai, India, it was 32 hours from the time we walked out of our house until we walked into out hotel.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Duh, Kona coffee is famous. I can't believe I missed that.

      Snorkeling at Molokine is Ichiban! (the best)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sure did! (I got a 40%. Oy!)

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Daisy, that would be one long crazy flight! I am not sure how many hours but surely something over 2 days. Wow!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rachel,

      Thanks for reading my Hub. I agree with you about the photo of Molokini. If you look really carefully, you can see many snorkelers in the water.

      Did you take the quiz?

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ava,

      Thanks so much for your comments and for posting your quiz score.

      How many hours would it take you to fly from Kathmandu, Nepal to Honolulu, Hawai'i?

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh, I love that picture of Molokini. Lovely hub and very informative! Voted up and interesting.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Thank you, Daisy! Very informative and interesting indeed. Surely a must visit and this quiz has made it that more meaningful too.

      Score- 30% = )

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lela,

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for taking the quiz and posting your score.

      The Kona coast of the Big Island is a major coffee growing area. Kona coffee is great, but it's usually blended with other varieties. Pure Kona coffee is very expensive.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I got 75% on the quiz! The ones I missed were about which beaches were in what movies.

      When I lived on Maui, they were growing coffee there. I thought that was a correct answer.

      Just ordered some chocolate covered macadamia nuts from Maui. They were so delicious.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Teresa,

      Thanks for reading my Hub. I'll be looking forward to learning your quiz results.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very informative hub. My IPad won't show the quizzes so I'll check back later to take your quiz and post my results.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      bankscottage,

      Thanks for visiting again. I can understand the need for renovating the Volcano House. I hope the charm of the lodge isn't spoiled by the work that is being done.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jason,

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. Thanks, also, for taking the quiz and posting your score.

      I tried to write as many questions as I could that dealt with physical geography rather than tourist sites. I think it makes for a more interesting article.

      You're right about the islands being gorgeous. I spent a month in Tahiti several years aso. I prefer the beauty of Hawaii over that of Tahiti.

      If you get a chance, why don't you take my California geography quiz?

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      We did stay at Volcano House. We enjoy historic lodges and really enjoyed our 2 nights there. It is a great location! It is closed for renovation (since 1/2010). Hopefully we'll be able to go back again someday.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Got 45% correct...not bad, I think, considering I've only been to Oahu! (and that was almost 10 years ago for a short, 3-day trip) Intriguing information about this gorgeous group of islands.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      bankscottage,

      It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub and taking the quiz.

      Hawai'i is my favorite island, followed by Kaua'i. Have you ever stayed at the Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? What a great location!

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub enjoyed the quiz. I scored 75. Maybe I learned more about Hawaii on my trips than I realized. I want to visit Molokai and Niihua some time. Love Kauaii and Hawaii, but don't care much for Oahu (too crowded). I have taken the road to Hana and the "No rental car" road back. Both very interesting.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sunshine,

      Our friend Lisa Furugen (Rusticliving) has just the Hub for you. She wrote The History of the Hawaiian Lei...

      https://hubpages.com/travel/The-History-of-the-Haw...

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Toss me a lei I scored 45% and I'm going to plan a luau to celebrate. Fun quiz!!:)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sheila,

      It's nice to meet you. My geography quizzes are a lot of fun to write. They take a while, however, because I keep thinking about the places that I'd like to visit.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

      It's been a while since I've traveled, and I have enough frequent flier miles, but I can't decide what my next destination will be.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub! I only scored 30, but I definitely learned a lot! I would love to go to Hawaii someday! I loved your hub. Voted up and awesome! Have a great day! :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Okay, I scored a 45% but I really did read the whole hub! Your quizzes add a zip to travel hubs. How fortunate you are to have traveled so far and wide!

      My daughter has been to Hawaii three times, me - zero.

      Loved this hub an quiz.

      Voted up, interesting and though there's no button for it, fun.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jenna,

      It's nice to meet you.

      Thanks for reading and commenting in my article and for taking the quiz.

      I see that you're from California...Have you taken my California geography quiz?

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      Very well written article. Loved the test!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thomas,

      Thanks for taking another of my geography quizzes and for sharing my Hub.

      Didn't you really mean that you must go to the islands to *research the tans*?!?

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Daisy...

      I have yet to make it to Hawaii and my score is very illustrative of that fact...35%. I must go to the islands for research...and a tan.

      Thomas

      PS...voted Up and Sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lisa,

      Somehow, I knew you would be the first person to comment. Thanks so much for your very kind words. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Love this hub! Made me a little homesick! Great job on the information! Voted up and shared! :) Lisa