by Jesus Cardenas
Before I started my design, I decided to research on how the Hawaiian Islands were formed. I found that the Hawaiian Islands, made up of eight major islands, were formed by volcanic activity over a hotspot in the Earth’s mantel. This remarkable process is what inspired me to create my design.

The overall symbol is a representation of the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. The eight leaves represent the eight major Hawaiian Islands, the fire represents the magma, and the water represents the Pacific Ocean. The blue and orange color palette also represents the Pacific Ocean and magma.
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014