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Hawaii (/həˈwi/ (About this sound listen) 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

Kīlauea Lighthouse

Kīlauea Lighthouse is located in Kīlauea on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Kīlauea Point, a narrow, lava peninsula protruding from the northern shore of Kauaʻi, was purchased from the Kīlauea Sugar Plantation Company in 1909 "for the consideration of one dollar". Before construction could begin, a method for delivering supplies to the point had to be developed. Due to the lack of good roads in the area, the decision was made to bring the materials in by sea.

The lighthouse tender Kukui would anchor offshore and then dispatch small boats laden with supplies to a cove near the point. Since there was no beach, the boats would anchor to cleats cemented into the lava rocks at the point. A boom derrick, constructed on a ledge ninety feet above the water, would pluck the supplies from the boats and place them on a loading platform 110 feet above the water. For the full article, click here.

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Selected biography

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

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Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye (September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was a Medal of Honor recipient and a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history. Inouye was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death. He was also the second-longest serving U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd. Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959 until the time of his death, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative and later a senator. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. Before then, he served in the Hawaii territorial house from 1954 to 1958 and the territorial senate from 1958 to 1959. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official. At the time of his death, Inouye was the second-oldest sitting U.S. senator, after Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. For the full article, click here.

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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?


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  • ...that Kīlauea is the world's most active volcano?
  • ...that the Big Island is Hawaiʻi's largest at 4,038 square miles? It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.
  • ...that Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee?



'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.

Kamaʻāina

Native-born, one born in a place, host, Lit., land child

A common usage:

"All kamaʻāina receive free admission to Hanauma Bay with proper identification."

Quotes

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

Translation [1]

On this day...

There are no anniversaries listed for this day.

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