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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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Side view of Molokini

Molokini is an offshore crescent moon-shaped volcanic crater south of Maʻalaea Bay, Maʻui. It is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. While it is a popular tourist destination due to its offshore, exotic location, many watersport enthusiast guides note that overcrowding has made the experience less attractive. The islet is a Hawaiʻi State Seabird Sanctuary. During World War II, the Navy reportedly used Molokini for target practice because of its similarity in shape to a battleship. For the full article, click here.

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Kalalau Valley viewed from the Na Pali Kona Forest Reserve Pihea Trail. It is part of the Nā Pali Coast State Park which encompasses 6,175 acres (25 km²) of land and is located on the northwest side of Kauaʻi

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Duke Kahanamoku

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Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), "The Big Kahuna", is generally regarded as the inventor of the modern sport of surfing. He was also an Olympic champion in swimming.

The name "Duke" is not a title, but a given name. He was named after his father, Halapu Kahanamoku, who was christened "Duke" by Bernice Pauahi Bishop in honor of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who was visiting Hawaii at the time of the elder man's birth in 1869. The younger "Duke," as eldest son, inherited the name.For the full article, click here.

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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.


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."


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"E naʻi wale nō ʻoukou, i ke kūpono ʻaʻole au" — King Kamehameha I


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