The first Royale Map of the Hawaiian islands was drawn in 2018.
My love for volcanic islands was the motor that drove me to explore this beautiful Pacific archipelago and create a map of the Hawaiian islands.
The making of the map of Hawaii was a steppingstone for Royalemaps and a compass pointing to the direction in which Royale Maps could go in terms of ornamental maps.
I immersed myself in the culture, geology and natural world of Hawaii and allowed myself to illustrate this map freely. The result was unexpected, even to me.
Nature spontaneously came forward for the first time in this map. Yes, the Map of Florida
already paid tribute to nature, but the map of Hawaii took Royale Maps to another level.
I considered taking this version of the map of Hawaii out of print after partnering up with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund
It was Hannah, director of the NGO, who asked me if I would consider creating a new map without the nicknames of the Islands.
Hawaii attracts 10 million visitors a year, and for most of them, pronouncing the correct Hawaiian name of every island is a bit of a mouthful…
I had never really given it a second thought until Hannah told me that nicknaming the islands wasn’t necessarily endorsed, especially calling Kaho’olawe the Target Island as it is not bombed anymore and in recovery for spiritual and cultural renewal.
Big Island, which is widely accepted and used to refer to Hawai’i, actually has another name used by practitioners: Keawe.
So even Big Island is no longer considered appropriate by most practitioners in print.
However, there is some demand for our map of Hawaii with the Americanised names of the islands.
If you are looking for a map of Hawaii with the “English names” for all islands then this map is for you.
If you prefer a map of Hawaii with the names of the islands in Hawaiian then please check out our more recent edition of this map: the second edition of the Map of Hawaii
, it’s nickname free.
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