State of Hawaii is an archipelagic state of the United
States located in the central Pacific Ocean, south
of Alaska, southwest of the continental United States,
and north of Tahiti. From a physiographic and ethnographic
perspective, this archipelago is frequently reckoned
as part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.
state encompasses nearly the entirety of the volcanic
Hawaiian Island chain, which is made up of hundreds
of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). Of
these, the eight largest islands are considered the
"main islands" and are located at the southeastern
end of the archipelago. In order from the northwest
to southeast, they are Niihau (Ni?ihau), Kauai (Kaua?i),
Oahu (O?ahu), Molokai (Moloka?i), Lanai (Lana?i),
Kahoolawe (Kaho?olawe), Maui, and Hawaii (Hawai?i).
The last is by far the largest, and is often called
the "Big Island" or "Big Isle"
to avoid confusion with the state.
state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959,
making it the 50th state. Its capital is located in
its major city, Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The
most recent census puts the state's population at
residents of Hawaii use the Hawaiian glottal stop
in their English. (Credit:
"The Dragon" Steamboat