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With a unique culture and language, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States on August 21, 1959. It is located in the North Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from the mainland, at 21°18′41″N 157°47′47″W / 21.31139°N 157.79639°W / 21.31139; -157.79639.

The Hawaiian Archipelago comprises eight islands and atolls extending across a distance of 1,500 miles (2,400 km). Of these, eight are considered "main islands" and are located at the southeastern end of the archipelago. These islands are: from (northwest to southeast) Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The latter is by far the largest, called the "Big Island" or "Big Isle". In the 19th Century, they were known as the Sandwich Islands.

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Oahu

Satellite photo of Oʻahu

Oʻahu, the "Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and most populous of the islands in Hawaiʻi. The state capital Honolulu is located on the southeast coast. Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern coast, it has a total land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States. The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad "valley" or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Kaʻala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.

Ancient Hawaiian tradition attributes the name's origin in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates that he named the island after a son. For the full article, click here.

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Puʻuwai village church on the island of Niʻihau.

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Bernice Pauahi Bishop

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Beatrice or Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-12-19 – 1884-10-16) was a Hawaiian lady, a direct descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha, aliʻi, and philanthropist. She was the great-granddaughter, and became the last surviving descendant of King Kamehameha I. Her estate is the largest private landowner in the state of Hawaiʻi. The revenues from these lands are used to operate the Kamehameha Schools, which were established in 1887 according to her last will and testament.

Born in Honolulu to Aliʻi Paki and princess Aliʻi Konia, Pauahi was raised by kuhina nui (prime minister) Kīnaʻu and was later educated by Protestant missionaries. For the full article, click here.

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Hawaii News

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  • 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
  • June 4: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile


Did you know?


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  • ...that ʻālehu, Hawaiʻi, located on the Big Island, is the southernmost town in the United States?
  • ...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.

ʻOno

Delicious, tasty, savory; to relish, crave; deliciousness, flavor, savor

A common usage:

"Have you ever tried the ʻono food over at Auntie Ruth's Kitchen?."


Note: This word is not to be confused with ono, (without the okina), which means a large mackerel-type fish.

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...

February 18

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