I will admit right now that as soon as I started this list, I knew that Hawaii was going to be represented by the Cthulhu, the iconic, cosmic creature of Lovecraftian lore. Said to be a “Great Old One” within the entire pantheon of Lovecraft creatures, the Cthulhu is said to be a combination of a dragon and an octopus with a play off of a humanoid form. And yes, he also has wings, so there is that too.
Considering Cthulu is said to destroy the sanity of anyone who looks upon him, and yet he also has his very own doomsday cult. So why exactly did this creature become the monster for the state of Hawaii?
Introduced by H.P. Lovecraft a tentacled monster resting on the seafloor, Cthulu has been known to terrorize sailors and land lovers alike. And with him living in the Pacific Ocean in his sunken kingdom, it makes sense that he would be the monster of the islands in the Pacific. Whether he is protecting Hawaii from those that would try to destroy the islands or wreaking havoc in the waters around the state, this is one god of the sea that deserves to represent a state that is truly a land of paradise.
When it comes to urban legends, folklore, and mythology, there are many monsters and creatures that stand out as iconic and fascinating. And when finding ways to pair them with the 50 states of the United States, it is only right that we look at the stories and legends of each state as well. With so many legends to choose from, there are so many states that could have multiple mythical creatures and monsters representing them. But for now, these monsters get to claim their states as the supreme leader of lore.