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Hawaii ( h?-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [h?'v?j?i] or [h?'w?j?i]) is a state of the United States of America located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the only U.S. state located outside North America, the only island state, and the only state in the tropics.
The state encompasses nearly the entire Hawaiian archipelago, which consists of 137 volcanic islands spanning 1,500 miles (2,400 km), which are physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. The state's ocean coastline is consequently the fourth longest in the U.S, at about 750 miles (1,210 km). The eight main islands, from northwest to southeast, are Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, L?naʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi, after which the state is named; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaii Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago.
Of the 50 U.S. states, Hawaii is the eighth-smallest geographically and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated. It has more than 1.4 million residents, and is among the most diverse states in the country, with the nation's only Asian American demographic majority. The state capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. Settled by Polynesians some time between 124 and 1120 AD, Hawaii was an independent nation until 1898, when it was annexed by the United States. It became the most recent state to join the union, on August 21, 1959.
Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, active volcanoes, and clear skies on the Big Island make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, volcanologists, and astronomers. Due to its central location in the Pacific and successive waves of labor migration, Hawaii is a unique melting pot of Southeast Asian, East Asian and North American cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Read more...
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On 9 February 2001, about nine nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) south of Oahu, Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, the United States Navy (USN) Los Angeles-class submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772) collided with the Japanese-fishery high-school training ship Ehime Maru (?) from Ehime Prefecture. In a demonstration for some VIP civilian visitors, Greeneville performed an emergency ballast blow surfacing maneuver. As the submarine shot to the surface, she struck Ehime Maru. Within 10 minutes of the collision, Ehime Maru sank. Nine of the thirty-five people on board were killed: four high-school students, two teachers, and three crew members.
Many Japanese, including government officials, were concerned over news that civilians were present in Greeneville
's control room
at the time of the accident. Some expressed anger because of a perception that the submarine did not try to assist Ehime Maru
survivors and that the submarine's captain
Scott Waddle, did not apologize immediately afterwards. The USN conducted a public court of inquiry
, placed blame on Waddle and other members of Greeneville
s crew, and dealt non-judicial punishment
or administrative disciplinary action to the captain and some crew members. After Commander Waddle had faced the Naval Board of Inquiry
, it was decided that a full court-martial
would be unnecessary, and he was forced to retire and given an honorable discharge. Read more...
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This section is here to highlight some of the most common words of the Hawaiian Language, ʻ?lelo, that are used in everyday conversation amongst locals.
Love, hello, goodbye
Some common uses:
Aloha kakahiaka, Good morning; Aloha ahiahi, Good evening; Aloha Akua, Love of God
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Israel Ka?ano?i Kamakawiwo?ole (Hawaiian: pronounced [km?kvivo'?ole]), Hawaiian of the fearless eye, the bold face; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz or IZ, was an American singer-lyricist, musician, and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.
He achieved commercial success outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future
was released in 1993. His medley
of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
" was released on his albums Ka ?Ano?i
and Facing Future
, and was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials. Read more...
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- ... that hula master George Na?ope was designated a "Living Golden Treasure" by the state of Hawaii?
"Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here." — Dan Quayle
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