39 Hawaii Trivia Questions and Answers 

Welcome to our super-fun Hawaii trivia! Here you will learn everything you could want to know about this American state, also known as paradise on earth! 

Whether you’re a native, soon-to-be tourist, or simply love completing our trivia challenges, our Hawaii trivia is one that you’re sure to enjoy. 

We have 5 fact-packed rounds to play, and as is the custom in this state, we will go at a relaxed pace. 

So, unwind, sit back and relax, and let’s learn about Hawaii! 

Here we go!

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General Hawaii Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Welcome to the first round of our Hawaii trivia! 

Although we love creating every round, this is the one where we can throw in the most random questions to really get you thinking. 

How long have people inhabited Hawaii? What can be shipped without packaging? Who is the most famous native? And, when do Hawaiians have their biggest festivals?

See what we mean about random?

Find out some fascinating facts about Hawaii right here!

Let’s begin. 

1: What is the population of Hawaii?
1.44 million.
2: How long have people inhabited Hawaii?
Since 400 C.E
3: What is the capital of Hawaii?
4: What is the name of the only statewide cultural festival?
Aloha Festivals.
5: For how long has Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano been erupting?
30 years.
6: Who came from Hawaii and went on to become the president of the US?
Barack Obama.
7: What percentage of the state's national birds are now extinct?
8: Hawaii was the first state to ban what?
Plastic bags.
9: What can be shipped without the use of any packaging?
Coconuts. A simple written address on the coconut will do!
10: What is The Dole Plantation?
The largest pineapple maze in the world.
11: What exotic pet is banned here?
12: What is the name of the most popular traditional Hawaiian dance?

Tourism in Hawaii Trivia Questions and Answers 

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When most people think of Hawaii, they think of it as a vacation destination, and this makes up for a significant percentage of the state’s economy. 

What can you expect from a trip to Hawaii? How popular is it? Is it really as expensive as it looks?

Discover everything you could want to know about vacationing in Hawaii in this round of our trivia. 

Make sure you get to the end of the round before you start packing your bags, as there may be a few surprises

Let’s start!

For fairness, we have looked at facts and figures pre-Covid.

1: What was the most popular Hawaii destination for tourists in June 2019?
2: What percentage of the economy here is due to tourism?
3: In 2017, how much did tourists spend here?
$16 billion.
4: On any given day in May 2019, what was the average number of tourists visiting Hawaii?
228, 768.
5: How many hotels are there in Hawaii?
There are 914 vacation properties with 70,783 rooms.
6: How many hours is it to fly from New York to Hawaii?
10 hours, 14 minutes.
7: People from what country make up the largest group of inbound international travelers to the islands?
8: What percentage of visitors to Hawaii came for a honeymoon in 2019?
2%, 513,154 visitors honeymooned in Hawaii in 2019.
9: Name the beach that is Hawaii's biggest tourist attraction.
Waikiki beach.

Activities in Hawaii Trivia Questions and Answers

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The Pacific Island atmosphere and tropical climate are just part of what makes Hawaii so unique. 

With stunning landscapes, beautiful wildlife, and a calming seafront to almost any activity, there is so much to see and do here. 

In this round of our Hawaii trivia, we will take a look at some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy in Hawaii

Discover the islands, the best places to visit, and the fun-filled activities to partake in right here! 

If you’re planning a trip to the islands, this is a section of the trivia you can’t afford to skip

Here we go!

1: What is the name of the unique protected bay that has formed within the crater of a volcano, which is a #1 destination for snorkelers?
Oahu's Hanauma Bay.
2: Where can visitors get a close-up look at an active volcano system?
Volcanoes National Park, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.
3: The Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park features some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. In what movie were these made famous?
Jurassic Park.
4: Diamond Head State Monument is one of the best places here to hike and be rewarded with majestic, panoramic views. How tall is it at its peak?
762 feet.
5: The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is an intimate zoo with more than 80 species of animals to view. How much is it to get in?
Free (although donations are welcome).

Hawaii in the Media Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Over the last century, more than 100 movies have been filmed in Hawaii, and countless TV shows have had episodes shot here, too. 

It’s no wonder why it’s so popular, with backdrops like nowhere else on earth; if writers want to showcase paradise, the location has to be Hawaii! 

But, not all movies that have been shot here have made this known.

In this section of our Hawaii trivia, we will question you on some of the most popular and some of the lesser-known movies and TV shows that have some form of connection with this American state. 


1: What was the name of the Hawaiian-shot movie, released on Valentine's Day in 2004, that stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore?
50 First Dates.
2: Although set in Southeast Asia, this super-fun action-comedy starring Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black, and Ben Stiller was actually shot on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.
Tropic Thunder.
3: Which blockbuster war movie was filmed in Hawaii (as well as Nevada, Texas, England, and California) and had Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett as lead stars?
Pearl Harbor.
4: Name the 1987 cult classic that told the story of an Arizona teenager who traveled to Hawaii to take up professional surfing. 
North Shore.
5: Which TV series was based on the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 and filmed almost entirely on the Hawaiian island of Oahu?
6: What was the name of the 80's TV series shot in Hawaii where Tom Selleck played an iconic private investigator?
Magnum P.I
7: In what year did the original Aloha State crime series, Hawaiʻi Five-O make its debut on CBS?

Just for Kids: Hawaii Trivia Questions and Answers 

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We’re ending our Hawaii trivia with a section just for the kids – although adults can join in too! 

With lots of history and geography questions thrown in, you can consider this a short intro into your Hawaii education

Or, this could be the round where you can impress the grownups, and yourself, with how much you already know about Hawaii. 

Good luck!

1: What ocean surrounds Hawaii?
2: What devastating war event happened in Hawaii in 1941?
Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor.
3: How many years ago did the Islands of Hawaii begin to form?
Between 40 and 70 million years ago.
4: Hawaii is the only state to grow what?
5: How many letters are in the Hawaiian alphabet?
6: The flag of which European country is included in the national flag of Hawaii?
The United Kingdom.

More Hawaii Trivia Fun – Video 

We hope you enjoyed playing our Hawaii trivia! If you want to try another challenge, here are a few trivia games you may enjoy:

Thank you for playing along with our Hawaii trivia. It’s certainly a state worth looking more into if you have the time. We hope to see you back soon for more trivia fun!

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