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Hawaii's state flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) originated in Asia and the Pacific islands. Interestingly, it is also the national flower of Malaysia. This species is a true tropical hibiscus belonging to the Malvaceae, or mallow family. Research suggests there were originally only five species of the tropical hibiscus that were native to Hawaii. Growers began to hybridize these native species with other varieties imported to Hawaii, which produced the huge kaleidoscope of colors and sizes available today.
Of all the world's cultures, the ancient Hawaiians saw riding waves as a source of pleasure and sport. When Captain James Cook became the first European to visit Hawai'i in 1778, he was astonished by Hawaiians riding the waves. The commemorative coin's depiction of a surfer in a dignified pose conveys the love of surfing that is now worldwide. The surfer with Diamond Head or the island chain in the background visualizes the theme and reflects the sport's origin. The word "Aloha" conveys the spirit of Hawai'i. In 1998, the State Legislature by Act 174 adopted and established surfing as the official individual sport of the State of Hawai'i. Today, surfing is thought of as a lifestyle in Hawai'i-it's part of the local culture. As an island state, the shore is the beginning of our relationship with the ocean-not the edge of the state line. Surfing expands our horizon, refreshes, rejuvenates and gives hope. It has helped people find harmony in one's self in the vast ocean. As former Hawai'i State governor, George Ariyoshi, stated, "Those of us fortunate to live in Hawai'i are extremely proud of our state and its many contributions to the world. Surfing certainly is one of those contributions. It is a sport enjoyed by men, women and children in nearly every country bordering an ocean. Surfing was born in Hawai'i and truly has become Hawai'i's gift to the world of sports."