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Hawaii: Geography Quiz
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."
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
A FEW FACTS
Both the youngest and the largest of the Hawaiian islands. Due to volcanic activity, the island is still growing.
Privately owned. Nearly all residents are native Hawaiians. Was off-limits to tourists until a few years ago.
Most "Hawaiian" of the Hawaiian islands. Birthplace of the hula.
Geologically, the oldest Hawaiian island. Captain James Cook landed here in 1778.
Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941.
Smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands. Has one school for Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Has three paved roads and no traffic lights.
Uninhabited. Once used by the United States Navy and Air Force as a target.
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.