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Hawaii ( hə-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [həˈvɐjʔi]) 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, 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). The volcanic archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are, in order from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the largest, Hawaiʻi, which the state is named after. It is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaii Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago.
Hawaii is the 8th-smallest geographically and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the 50 states. It is the only state with an Asian American plurality. Hawaii has more than 1.4 million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. The state capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The state's ocean coastline is about 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth longest in the U.S., after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida, and California. Hawaii is the most recent state to join the union, on August 21, 1959. It was an independent nation until 1898.
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. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and East Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Read more...
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Barack Hussein Obama II (; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama was the first African American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.
Obama was born in Honolulu
, making him the first president not born in the contiguous United States
. After graduating from Columbia University
in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago
. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School
, where he was the first black person to be president of the Harvard Law Review
. After graduating, he became a civil rights attorney and an academic, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School
from 1992 to 2004. Turning to elective politics, he represented the 13th district
from 1997 until 2004 in the Illinois Senate
, when he ran for the U.S. Senate
. Obama received national attention in 2004 with his March Senate primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address
, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, he was nominated for president a year after his presidential campaign
began, and after close primary campaigns
against Hillary Clinton
, Obama was elected
over Republican John McCain
and was inaugurated
alongside Joe Biden
on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
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This section is here to highlight some of the most common words of the Hawaiian Language, ʻŌlelo, 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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Lanai (Hawaiian: Lānaʻi, Hawaiian: [laːˈnɐʔi, naːˈnɐʔi], , also ,) is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the smallest publicly accessible inhabited island in the chain. It is colloquially known as the Pineapple Island because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation. The island's only settlement of note is the small town of Lanai City. , the island was 98% owned by Larry Ellison (Founder and Chairman of Oracle), with the remaining 2% owned by the state of Hawaii and privately owned homes.
Lanai is a roughly apostrophe-shaped island with a width of 18 miles (29 km) in the longest direction. The land area is 140.5 square miles (364 km2
), making it the 42nd largest island in the United States
. It is separated from the island of Molokaʻi
by the Kalohi Channel
to the north, and from Maui
by the Auʻau Channel
to the east. The United States Census Bureau
defines Lanai as Census Tract
316 of Maui County
. Its total population shrank from 3,193 as of the 2000 census
to 3,131 . Many of the island's landmarks are accessible only by dirt roads that require a four-wheel drive
vehicle. Read more...
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"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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