Portal:Hawaii

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Hawaii (/həˈwi/ (About this soundlisten) hə-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [həˈvɐjʔi]) is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania, the only U.S. state located outside North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). 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 Island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaiʻi Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.

Selected article

Maui

Satellite image of Mauʻi. The shape of the island resembles the profile of a person.

The island of Mauʻi is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles (1883.5 km²) and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is the largest island in Maui County, which is composed of itself, Lanaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, and Molokaʻi. As of 2000, Maui had a resident population of 117,644, which is ranked third within the state behind the islands of Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi. Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the island's name in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Mauʻi after his son who in turn was named for the demigod Māui, who is said to have raised all the Hawaiian Islands from the sea. The Island of Maui is also called the "Valley Isle" for the large fertile isthmus between its two volcanoes. For the full article, click here.

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Selected biography

Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani

Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani

Princess Keʻelikōlani of Hawaiʻi, also known as Princess Ruth or Ruth Keʻelikōlani (1826-1883), was a member of both the Kamehameha Dynasty and Kalākaua Dynasty, and Governor of the Island of Hawai'i. Ruth became the largest landholder in the Kingdom of Hawai'i, owner of lands that would later become part of the present-day Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate as well as the estate of Sam Parker. Princess Keʻelikōlani was a staunch traditionalist. For the full article, click here.

State Facts

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Hawaii News

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  • May 20: Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano releases ash plumes to 30,000 feet, prompting aviation alerts
  • February 15: United States: Jet loses engine cover over Pacific en route to Honolulu from San Francisco
  • January 16: United States: State of Hawaii criticized by head of Federal Communications Commission over incoming missile alert mistake
  • October 21: On the campaign trail in the USA, September 2016
  • October 16: Hurricane warning goes into effect in Bermuda as Gonzalo nears
  • August 31: Hawaiian Airlines announces iPad mini in-flight service
  • April 29: Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks
  • January 13: Observing the 2012 Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the US, and wider world
  • August 8: Wikinews interviews Andy Martin, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate
  • August 6: Sitcom star Roseanne Barr announces run for U.S. president


Did you know?


Satellite map showing the Hawaiian – Emperor seamount chain
  • ... that missionary John D. Paris had one of his churches occupied by a self-proclaimed prophet who predicted the end of the world in 1868?
  • ... that the Hawaiian town Kainaliu was named after an ancient canoe bailer who worked for King Keawenuiaʻumi in the 16th century?


  • ... that to prevent extinction of the Mauna Kea silversword, scientists rappel over cliffs to hand-pollinate the approximately 41 remaining in the wild, on the rare occasion that one blossoms?

'Ōlelo (Language)

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.

Mahalo

Thanks

A common usage:

Mahalo nui loa, Thanks very much

Note: It is often misconstrued among malihini that mahalo means rubbish/trash because most rubbish cans have the word mahalo on them.

Quotes

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"E naʻi wale nō ʻoukou, i kuʻu pono ʻaʻole pau" — King Kamehameha I

Translation [1]

On this day...

January 20

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  1. ^ http://www.huapala.org/Ka/Ka_Nai_Aupuni.html
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