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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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Aerial view of Niʻihau

Niʻihau is the smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, having an area of 69.5 square miles (180 km2). Known as the "Forbidden Isle", Niihau lies 17.5 miles (28 km) across the Kaʻulakahi Channel, southwest of Kauaʻi. The island is home to Lake Halulu, the only natural lake of Hawaii.

Owned by Keith Robinson and Bruce Robinson, the island has been privately owned since 1864. As a result, Niʻihau is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island's owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials, and invited guests. The island is famous as the location for the Niihau Incident, in which a Japanese fighter pilot crashed on the island and terrorized its residents during World War II. Commercially, the people of Niihau are known internationally for their gemlike shell lei craftsmanship. For the full article, click here.

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A quilt made from the fabric of vintage aloha shirts.

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Princess Kaʻiulani

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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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'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.


Finished, ended, through, terminated, completed, over, all done

Some common uses:

Pau ka hana, The work is finished;   in Pidgin a typical sentence would sound like, "Brah, wat time you pau work?"


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


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