Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states (joined the Union on August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, (wind) surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
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- As an island state, we are aware that we are all visitors in the natural environment that surrounds us, and that unfortunate incidents such as this one can occur. We are committed to furthering research efforts that will help guide effective management actions in the interest of safety.
- Deborah Ward, of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, quoted on BBC News, "German Hawaii shark bite victim Jana Lutteropp dies", August 22, 2013.
- I look forward to signing this significant piece of legislation, which provides marriage equity and fully recognises and protects religious freedoms.
- Governor Neil Abercrombie on equal rights in Hawaii, quoted on BBC News, "Hawaii Senate votes to legalise same-sex marriage", November 12, 2013.