Welcome to Hawaii
Hawaii is composed entirely of islands and is the only state located outside North America in Oceania. Hawaii recieved statehood on August 1959 and is the most recent state of all 50 United States. Hawaii comprises hundreds of islands with eight main islands at the southeastern end of the archipelago (seven of these islands are permanently inhabited. The island of Niʻihau is privately managed). Access to the private island is restricted to those who have permission from the island’s owners. Almost the entire state is volcanic archipelago.
The largest island in the group is called the “Big Island”. The coastline is about 750 miles long, only Alaska, Florida and California have longer Coastlines. Hawaii is the only state with lots of Asian people. The capital city is Honolulu and Hawaii is home for over one million permanent residents together with a lot of yearly visitors and U.S military personnel. Hawaii is not bordering to any other U.S states.
Most of Hawaii only have two seasons, the wet season from October to April and the dry season from May to October. Hawaii has tropical weather although temperatures tend to be less extreme because of winds from the east. Somtimes Hawaii even experience snow and the island Kauaʻi has the second highest average annual rainfall on Earth.
Since 1959 tourism has been the largest industry on Hawaii but also sandalwood, whaling, sugarcane, pineapple, the military and education ar important for the economy. Personnel from United States Department of Defense also live in Hawaii. The cost of living in Hawaii is similar to the rest of the states although both New York and Los Angeles are more expensive.
Tourists visit Hawaii throughout the year due to the mild year round weather. Hawaii has something for everyone, take a walk on the beach, look at the breathtaking views, play golf or visit the capital city Honolulu.
Cities in Hawaii
Quick facts about Hawaii
Nickname: The Aloha State
Capital city: Honolulu
Largest city: Honolulu
Area: 10 931 sq mi (28,311 km²) (ranked 43rd of 50)
Population: Est, 1 428 557 (ranked 40th of 50) 2016
Highest point: Mauna Kea
Lowest point: Pacific Ocean sea level
Latitude: 18° 55′ N to 28° 27′ N
Longitude: 154° 48′ W to 178° 22′ W
Bordering states: Hawaii does not border any U.S states