Portal:Hawaii

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Introduction

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Hawaii (/həˈw.i/ (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 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. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America.

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.

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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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Kealiʻi Reichel

Kealiʻi Reichel

Carleton Lewis Kealiʻinaniaimokuokalani Reichel (born 1962) popularly known as Kealiʻi Reichel, is a popular and bestselling singer, songwriter, choreographer, dancer, chanter, scholar, teacher, and personality from the State of Hawaiʻi. He has spent his life educating the world about Hawaiian culture through music and dance.

Kealiʻi (pronounced Kay-ah-LEE-ee) Reichel was born and raised on the island of Maui. Reichel grew up in the town of Lāhainā where he attended Lāhaināluna High School, however he spent weekends and summers with his maternal grandmother in the plantation town of ʻia. At the age of 24, Reichel was convicted of theft, and was sentenced to community service, which involved a study of Hawaiian culture. This marked a turning point in his life, as he decided to devote the rest of his life to the study and promotion of Hawaiian culture.

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.

Kalākaua

Avenue and parkway, Waikīkī; intermediate school and recreation center; all named after the former king

A common usage:

"The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is in Waikīkī on Kalākaua Avenue."

Quotes

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"Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono." — King Kamehameha III     (Later became the Hawaiʻi State Motto.)

Translation

On this day...

August 15

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