Hawaii (i/hÉ™ËˆwaÉª.iË/ or /hÉ™ËˆwaÉªÊ”iË/ in English; Hawaiian: MokuÊ»Äina o HawaiÊ»i) is the newest of the 50 U.S. states (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, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Hawaiiâ€™s natural and diverse scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of OÊ»ahu.
The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400Â km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight "main islands" are (from the northwest to southeast) NiÊ»ihau, KauaÊ»i, OÊ»ahu, MolokaÊ»i, LÄnaÊ»i, KahoÊ»olawe, Maui, and HawaiÊ»i. The last is by far the largest and is often called "The Big Island" to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.
After Alaska, Florida, and California, Hawaii has the fourth-longest coastline in the United States, which is approximately 750 miles (1,210Â km) long.
In standard American English, Hawaii is generally pronounced /hÉ™ËˆwaÉª.iË/. In the Hawaiian language, it is generally pronounced [hÉËˆwÉiÊ”i] or [hÉËˆvÉiÊ”i].
Hawaii is one of two states that do not observe daylight saving time, the other being Arizona.
Matching Hawaii Colleges
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Four or more years; Public; $23,232 average out-state tuition; $8,400 average in-state tuition
Hawaii Pacific University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $16,510 average out-state tuition; $16,510 average in-state tuition
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,450 average out-state tuition; $4,450 average in-state tuition
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Four or more years; Public; $17,112 average out-state tuition; $5,640 average in-state tuition
University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Four or more years; Public; $15,744 average out-state tuition; $5,136 average in-state tuition
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $18,300 average out-state tuition; $18,300 average in-state tuition
Leeward Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,960 average out-state tuition; $2,328 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Hawaii
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Business Administration and Management
- Speech Communication and Rhetoric
- Medical/Clinical Assistant
- Tourism and Travel Services Management
- Elementary Education
- Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
- Marketing/Marketing Management
- Political Science and Government
- English Language and Literature
- International Business/Trade/Commerce
- Social Work
- Special Education and Teaching