Cindy asked: What does Hawaii mean?
There are a few beliefs on where the name Hawaii originated. Some believe the name came from Hawaiki, the name for the mythical home for all people polynesian. While others believe it came from a south pacific island Raiatea, which was called ‘Havaii’ at the time of the great migration.
Still other theories exist on the origin of the name Hawaii.
One theory says that the name Hawaii comes from a combination of the words “Hawa” and “ii”and means a small or new homeland; “Hawa” meaning a traditional homeland and “ii” meaning small and raging.
The other theory is that the name comes from the traditional discoverer of the islands, ‘Hawaii Loa’.
Hawaii or The Big Island is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands and is also the name of the 50th State in the USA. Hawaii consists of 8 main islands â€“ Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kohoâ€™olawe, Oahu, Kauai, and Ni’ihau.