Is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states (joined the Union on August
21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the
northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago
in the central Pacific Ocean.
The Capital is Honolulu
Abbreviations: HI, US-HI
Flag and seal.
The main Hawaiian Islands are:
(as of 2010)
The Big Island
4,028.0 sq mi
The Valley Isle
727.2 sq mi
596.7 sq mi
The Garden Isle
552.3 sq mi
The Friendly Isle
260.0 sq mi
History of Hawaii
During the 1780s and 1790s, chiefs often fought for power. After a series of
battles that ended in 1795 and forced cession of the island of Kauaʻiin
1810, all inhabited islands were subjugated under a single ruler who
became known as King Kamehameha the Great. He established the House
of Kamehameha, a dynasty that ruled the kingdom until 1872.
Cuisine of Hawaii. The Cuisine of Hawaii is a fusion of many foods
brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, particularly
of American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian and Portugue
Hawaiian mythology. Hawaiian mythology comprises the legends,
historical tales, and sayings of the ancient Hawaiian people.
It is considered a variant of a more general Polynesian mythology, developing
its own unique character for several centuries before about 1800. It is
associated with the Hawaiian religion.
The religion was officially suppressed in the 19th century, but kept alive by
some practitioners to the modern day.A statue of Hawaiian deity
Prominent figures and terms include Aumakua, the spirit of an ancestor or
family god and Kāne, the highest of the four major Hawaiian deities.
Music of Hawaii. The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and
popular styles, ranging from native Hawaiian folk music to
modern rock and hip hop. Hawaii's musical contributions to the music of
the United States are out of proportion to the state's small size. Styles
like slack-key guitar are well-known worldwide, while Hawaiian-tinged
music is a frequent part of Hollywood soundtracks. Hawaii also made a
major contribution to country music with the introduction of the steel
The state of Hawaii has two official languages recognized in its 1978
constitution: English and Hawaiian.
Hawaii Creole English (locally referred to as 'Pidgin') is the native
language of many born-and-raised residents and is a second language for
many other residents.
Kamakawiwoʻolewas born at Kuakini Hospital in Honolulu.
The Makaha Sons of Niʻihaurecorded No Kristo in 1976 and released four
more albums, including Kahea O Keale, Keala, Makaha Sons Of
Niʻihauand Mahalo Ke Akua. In 1982, Kamakawiwoʻole's
brother, Skippy, died at age 38 of a heart attack related to obesity
Maxim Knight is an American child actor who started acting at the
age of eight. He is probably most known for appearing as Matt
Mason in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.
He won the Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor
In 2012 with the Falling Skies series.
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is an American actor and model. He
is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex (2005–09) on
the military science fiction television series Stargate: Atlantis (2004–09)
and as Khal Drogo in the HBO medieval fantasy television
series Game of Thrones (2011). He also starred as the title character in
the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011).