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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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Kauai

Satellite image of Kauaʻi

Kauaʻi is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 552.3 square miles (1,430.5 km2), it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago and the 21st largest island in the United States. Known also as the "Garden Isle", Kauaʻi lies 105 miles (170 kilometers) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. Of volcanic origin, the highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1,598 m). The second highest peak is Mount Waiʻaleʻale near the center of the island, 5,148 feet (1,569 m) above sea level. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (11,700 mm), is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. For the full article, click here.

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Pāhoehoe lava meets the Pacific ocean. The heat of the lava turns the ocean water to steam on contact.

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Princess Kaʻiulani

Kaiulani in 1897, photograph by J. J. Williams (PP-96-8-021).jpg

Victoria Kawekiu Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kaʻiulani Cleghorn (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and held the title of crown princess. Kaʻiulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence, beauty and determination. During the Overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, she spearheaded a campaign to restore the monarchy by speaking before the United States Congress and pleading with U.S. Presidents Benjamin Harrison and later Grover Cleveland. Her life story grew to legendary proportions after her untimely death. 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


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'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.

Heiau

Pre-Christian place of worship, shrine

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"In what other land save this one is the commonest form of greeting not 'Good day,' nor 'How d'ye do', but 'Love'? That greeting is 'Aloha': love, I love you, my love to you... It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of one's own heart-giving." — Jack London

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