Living here in Hawaii has made me begin to look at maps more closely. I have noticed that Hawaii and Alaska are often left out of maps of the United States. It is kind of disappointing. In a Time for Kids magazine there was a graph of all the states that have ever been affected by a hurricane. Hawaii was even left out of that! I thought that was an especially careless mistake. Things like that are the reason that some of the younger students are confused about whether Hawaii is a part of the United States or not.