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Hawai'i definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands [syn: Hawaii, Hawai'i, Aloha State, HI]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands [syn: Hawaii, Hawai'i, Aloha State, HI]
2: the largest and southernmost of the Hawaii islands; has several volcanic peaks [syn: Hawaii, Hawaii Island]

Merriam Webster's

geographical name 1. (or Hawaiian Islands) (or formerly Sandwich Islands) group of islands central Pacific belonging to United States 2. island SE Hawaii, largest of the group; chief city Hilo area 4021 square miles (10,455 square kilometers) 3. state of the United States comprising Hawaiian Islands except Midway Islands; annexed 1898, a territory 1900-59 capital Honolulu area 6471 square miles (16,760 square kilometers), population 1,211,537

Britannica Concise

Volcanic island, part of the state of Hawaii. It lies south of Maui and constitutes Hawaii county, with Hilo (pop.,
1990: 38,000) the island's main town. Known as the Big Island, it is the largest in area at 4,028 sq mi (10,433 sq km), and southeasternmost of the Hawaiian Island group. It is the youngest geologically and was formed by five volcanoes connected by lava ridges. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, is located there in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The island has other volcanic peaks, incl. Mauna Kea. Sugar, tourism, cattle, orchids, and coffee are the basis of the economy..State (pop., 1997 est.: 1,187,000), U.S., comprising a group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean that covers 6,471 sq mi (16,760 sq km). Its capital is Honolulu. Located 2,397 mi (3,857 km) west of San Francisco, the state's major islands are, from west to east, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and Hawaii; there are over 120 islets. The state's active volcanoes include Mauna Loa and Kilauea. People of at least part-Hawaiian descent constitute about one-eighth of Hawaii's total population, followed by those of Japanese ancestry, who constitute one-fourth. The majority of the state's residents live on Oahu. The original Hawaiians were of Polynesian origin and came from the Marquesas Islands c.AD 400. Capt. J. Cook visited the islands in 1778, and called them the Sandwich Islands. In 1796 Kamehameha I united the group under his rule. Amer. whalers began to stop there; they were followed in 1820 by New England missionaries, and Western influences changed the islands. While Kamehameha III in 1851 placed Hawaii under U.S. protection, a coup later fomented by U.S. sugar interests resulted in the monarchy's overthrow and the establishment of a Republic of Hawaii (1893). In 1898 the new republic and the U.S. agreed on annexation, and in 1900 Hawaii became a U.S. territory. The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 led to U.S. involvement in World War II, and Hawaii became a major naval station. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. Its largest industry is tourism. It is also a world astronomy center, with telescopes atop Mauna Kea.


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