About Hawaii Map: This map of Hawaii depicts the various islands of which the state is comprised located in the Pacific Ocean. The map further shows various state highways, national parks, forests, and airports. It shows the state capital Honolulu, major cities and other cities. Major attractions of the state are also highlighted.
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Hawaii is the 50th state of the United States, and is the most recent to join the Union on August 21,1959. Hawaii is the only state located in the Oceania and the only archipelago. It is the 8th smallest state and the 11th least populous.
The first recorded settlers in Hawaii were the Polynesians of the Marquesas Islands. These settlers arrived on the islands some 1500 years ago, sailing for over 2000 miles in canoes. The second wave of immigrants came 500 years later when settlers from Tahiti arrived on the islands.
Over the centuries, the culture of the state was molded, bringing the culture of the hula to rise and define the islands. It was in 1778 when Captain James Cook set foot on the Waimea Bay in Kauai, and named the islands "Sandwich Islands" to honor the Earl of Sandwich. Cook is credited for opening Hawaii to the western world.
In 1791, Kamehameha - a North Kobala native - united all the major islands and created one royal kingdom in 1810. The first Protestant missionaries arrived in 1820, and opened the island to seamen, traders, and sea travel. It was in 1893 that American colonists arrived and eventually overthrew the kingdom in 1898, when they became a United States territory.
During the 20th century, with the boom of the islands' sugar and pineapple economy, immigrants from all over the world began arriving, with the largest immigrants coming from Japan, China, the Philippines, and Portugal.
It was in August 21, 1959 that the islands became a US state, quickly bringing the islands to modernization and the development of its strong tourism economy.
Hawaii occupies an archipelago located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean. The islands have a diverse natural scenery with an abundance of public beaches and active volcanoes. There are 8 main islands, which are: Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Ni'ihau, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, and the island of Hawai'i or also known as the Big Island.
There are however, hundreds of islands in Hawaii, which are spread across 1,500 miles. The state's coastline is the 4th longest in the US, making up 750 miles of beautiful beaches and waters. The state is located 2000 miles southwest of the North American mainland.
Travel Destinations in Hawaii
Hawaii is a popular tourist destination and is the favorite holiday go-to for many Americans. The year round mild weather attracts many tourists, especially those coming from colder climates.
Aside from the numerous world-class resorts, hotels, and beaches, Hawaii is also home to several national parks and attractions. One of these is the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The memorial contains a shrine and assembly room where visitors get to see an exhibit of the events that took place on December 7, 1941 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The Hanauma marine embayment is one of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii. Located on the island of Oahu, the bay is formed within a tuff ring and is considered to be a Marine Life Concentration District with its abundant and protected marine life. Over 3 million people visit the bay each year.
Another popular tourist attraction is the Polynesian Cultural Center in the northern shore of Oahu - a living museum of live performances and simulated tropical villages with dancing, feasts, and live exhibitions of Polynesian arts and crafts.
Education in Hawaii
Hawaii has the only statewide public education system in the US. An excellent selection of both private and public schools are found throughout the islands, with the University of Hawaii in Manoa the most popular institution. The University is ranked 72nd in the US, and is the only university in Hawaii included in the 2013/2014 QS World University Rankings.
Last Updated : December 17, 2014