Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States in 1959. It is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. The islands stretch over 1500 miles and are comprised of 132 islands, reefs and shoals. An interesting fact about Hawaii is that it ties Alaska with having the lowest high temperature in the United States. 100 degrees F was reached in 1931. Even though the weather is tropical it is less hot and humid than most other tropical areas. The day time temperature rarely gets over 90 degrees F. Just Perfect!! We will take a tour of some of the highlights of Hawaii before I show you the Hawaii License Plate Block that I made for the AMB blog tour of the United States. If you want to visit Hawaii in person join me on Stitchin' Heaven's cruise to Hawaii September 2014 . There are still spots available.
There is a lot to cover so let's get on with it, grab a cup of Kona coffee to sip on your tour! Below is a picture of a coffee tree located in the Kona coffee belt. There is award winning coffee grown in the Kau district also, plus other areas in the islands.
Along with all the beautiful flowers Hawaii grows a number of fruit crops and vegetables. Most of you may not know that Hawaii also grows cacao and vanilla. Below is a picture of pods of cacao grown at the Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. You can take a interesting factory tour at the farm along with samples of the finished chocolates.
Hawaiian Vanilla Company is also on the Big Island and is the only commercial vanilla farm in the United States. They also offer tours. The picture below shows the green vanilla beans, which are from an orchid, growing among anthuriums.
Not to be out done by this beauty we have the only volcano in the United States that has been active continuously since January 3, 1983. This is Kilauea which name means spewing or much spreading and it sure has been busy adding to the size of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea along with our beautiful ocean that surrounds us out here in the middle of the Pacific were my inspiration for my American Made Brand license plate.
That is just a small snap shot of what there is to see in Hawaii. Now here is my license plate.here Please remember that you will have to print it on legal size paper to get the proper size with landscape orientation. If the pattern only prints one page for you contact me through email and I will send you the pdf file.
The end is here and we all thank Clothworks and American Made Brand for allowing us to go along on their trip around the United States. To thank you, the fellow traveler and reader, they are giving away a fat quarter bundle of their cotton solids to one person who leaves a comment on my blog, United States only. Let us know what you enjoyed most about the AMB blog hop. Please make sure that I can contact you.
To one other blog hopper who leaves a comment I am giving away a packet of my AMB fabrics and a surprise gift package that is from Hawaii. Another American made product!! If you are a quilter let me know and I will inclose one of my patterns as well. Please make sure that I can contact you. If I can not contact you another name will be drawn. I will draw names on June 27th. Mahalo for following the AMB tour of the United States.