Hawaii- The Aloha State WebQuest
An Internet WebQuest on Hawaii- The Aloha State


     created by Elizabeth Slawson          

Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Evaluation l Conclusion l Teacher Resources



         Click here       "Hawaii"     



     Imagine getting off your plane after arriving in Hawaii, the fiftieth state, welcomed with the traditional “Aloha Spirit”. Aloha is a Hawaiian word that means ‘'love”, “hello”, or “goodbye”. You are given beautiful flowers called a leis and a welcome kiss by the local natives!
     As you walk through the airport and out the door, you feel the tropical climate and already view the most breath-taking scenery in the world. You are anticipating island hopping, flowing volcanic lava with fountains of fire, fields of pineapples, Hula dancing, watching humpback whales, seeing Pearl Harbor or surfing a the world famous Waikiki Beach. Ah--fun and relaxation! Welcome to the magical islands of


The Quest

     Where will I go? What do I do first? Will I have enough money to meet my vacation's expectations?


The Process and Resources

      Well, back to reality. You and three friends (classmates) will be planning an imaginary trip to the Hawaiian Islands for approximately one and half weeks. While you are there, you will want to explore some of the major sites, learn about the islands, (there are eight islands to choose from) and its people and culture. You and your classmates will have to decide where you want to spend your time and how much you will spend. There are dozens of exciting things to do in Hawaii!


     Your task is to create a travel itinerary and budget which will help you organize and plan your trip. An itinerary is a document that explains where someone will be when they will be there. In addition, you must send a letter to a friend convincing them to go with you. The budget will include a list of expenses such as transportation, lodging, meals, fees, souvenirs, miscellaneous items.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

     Use these specific Internet websites and other information from the “Exploring the Aloha State Pathfinder” below to answer the basic questions of  What? Where? When? Why? and How? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.


Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives

The Process

You will be assigned to a group of 3 other persons.


Each group will


1. Look over entire Webquest for understanding what you are expected to do.

2. Look at a map to understand the location of
Hawaii and its eight islands.


3. Using construction paper, make a folder to keep your work in.


4. Decide what roles each group member will be.


5. Collect Information:

 Each group member will find information and data by visiting given web sites, books, encyclopedias, and maps for their specific job title. (See following list of job titles.)


6. Group will sort through information and decide on a daily schedule of events of places and costs to visit.

7.  Each member will begin the writing process to create their friendly, persuasive letter to a friend or relative.

4. Create a final itinerary and budget.

Tour guide

Provide a list of popular travel sites, map of the eight islands, and compare size of each island. Which island is right for your group?

Travel Agent

List of available lodgings, major cities to visit, holidays and festivals

Activity Director

List of activities to do and see on each island, names and locations of areas tourist would enjoy.


List possible expenses, personal and regular items needed, as well as money for travel, fees.

Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

You have all learned many features about the Hawaiian Islands. When your group has completed the tasks, check and see if your group has considered the following: 

 1. Gathered enough information to decide where you want to to go, transportation, places to stay
2. Created a daily agenda of the day’s events.
3. Created a list of expenses and added costs.

4. Completed an itinerary and budget

5. Written friendly letters to persuade someone to go with you.

 Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, facts, etc. from the WebPages you explored to convince your teammates that your ideas are important and should be part of your team's choices where to go and what to spend.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback


Each group member will be given an individual and a group grade:

                        Each member will be graded on the following:

Information and images collected             10

Quality of facts collected                        10

                            Content, organization, and correct       20

Grammar, neatness of writing products  10

Originality of letter                                  10

                                              Total Points        50


Group grades will be based on:

                              Variety and accurateness of

            Itinerary and budget                     20

            Working together as a team        10

             Completion of all the steps         20

                                        Total points  50



     By completing this assignment, you have gained the use of the computer and the Internet to search as well used other sources, worked cooperatively, and learned a wealth of information about the Hawaiian Islands. The creation of an itinerary and budget will help you to see what you have planned for the day. By knowing the amount of money needed, you will be able to adjust your expenses. You have improved your writing skills by writing to a friend or relative encouraging them to share what you will experience.


                 Bon Voyage


Teacher Resources:

Hawaii-the Aloha State Pathfinder” created by Elizabeth Slawson

McAuliffe, Emily, HAWAII FACTS AND SYMBOLS, Hilltop Books, Minnesota, 2000. Gives information about the state.



Great resource, “Hawaii, A Mixing Pot of Colors” helps celebrate Hawaii’s diversity of cultures and ethnicities that blend together on the Hawaiian Islands.

http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html                                                                                                                    Test Your Geography Knowledge”- may select regions of the world to test names of countries, states

“GeoBee Challenge”, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ -provides 5 new geography questions daily.

Example: Mauna Loa is a volcano set in which state—Hawaii or Washington?

http://www.carmensandiego.com/- build school reading, math, geography, word, critical thinking skills as Acme detectives are in the pursuit of Carmen Sandiego’s Gang.

http://puzzlemaker.com-Discovery’s school allows students to make a variety of on-line puzzles. Good for emphasizing vocabulary

http://www.indianastandards.org/grade2.asp?subj=soc,Indiana Department of Education provides a list of academic skills for all subjects.  This Webquest meets the following:

 Social Studies:  Standard 3 Geography

 English/Language Arts Academic Standards

Standard 2: READING: Comprehension

Standard 5WRITING: Applications (Different Types of Writing and Their Characteristics




Shows color landform maps of the U.S.A. and view of the Hawaii’s islands.




example, geography resources that led to…




Any U.S. state can be clicked on to show capital cities, state birds, songs, nicknames, and other relevant facts for each state.  State flags are pictured.



Educational Resource Information Center-database search to social studies topic, which linked to


Website from the Library of Congress mainly for elementary and middle school students.



Neighborhood Map Machine 2.0”,


Grades 1-5; this software helps strengthen social studies skills by creating maps for countries or states.  Facilitates important map and geography skills specifically for first through third grade.  Described as a hands-on program; students create maps of their own neighborhoods, communities etc.


            Mapmaker’s toolkit, grades 4-12”,

CD-Rom and teacher’s guide allows students to explore over 450 maps of the world.   Included are theme maps that cover key events and issues in U.S. History.

Students can customize and print current and historical maps.



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Content by Elizabeth Slawson
Last revised Tue Jun 17
19:31:56 US/Pacific 2003