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{{Distinguish|Hawaiki|Kawaii}}{{About|the U.S. state of Hawaii|the island for which it is named|Hawaii (island)|other uses}}{{pp-semi-protected|small=yes}}{{pp-move-indef}}{{Use American English|date=March 2015}}{{Use mdy dates|date=January 2017}}{{Coord|21|18|41|N|157|47|47|W|type:adm1st_scale:3000000_region:US-HI|display=title}}

āina o Hawai{{okina}}i}}}}| image_flag = Flag of Hawaii.svg| flag_link = Flag of Hawaii| image_seal = Seal of the State of Hawaii.svg| seal_link = Seal of Hawaii| Coat of Arms = Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii.svg| Former = Territory of Hawaii| image_map = Hawaii in United States (zoom) (US50) (-grid).svgPLAINURL=YEStitle=The Bookmark Book last1=Brodie last2=Goodrich last3=Montgomery publisher=Libraries Unlimited oclc=34164045 accessdate=August 5, 2015}} The Islands of AlohaURL=HTTP://WWW.CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV/HRSCURRENT/VOL01_CH0001-0042F/HRS0005/HRS_0005-0009.HTM, December 9, 2013, AUTHOR=HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20030116122656/HTTP://WWW.CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV/HRSCURRENT/VOL01_CH0001-0042F/HRS0005/HRS_0005-0010.HTM ARCHIVE-DATE=JANUARY 16, 2003 DF=MDY-ALL, | MottoEnglish = The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness| seat = Honolulu| LargestCity = capitalOahu>Island of OʻahuEnglish language>English, HawaiianLocal usage generally reserves Hawaiian as an ethnonym referring to Native Hawaiians. Hawaii resident is the preferred local form to refer to state residents in general regardless of ethnicity. Hawaii may also be used adjectivally. The Associated Press Stylebook, 42nd ed. (2007), also prescribes this usage (p. 112).}}David Ige (Democratic Party (United States)>D)Josh Green (politician)>Josh Green (D)Hawaii State Legislature>State LegislatureHawaii Senate>SenateHawaii House of Representatives>House of Representatives Hawaii's 1st congressional district>1: Ed Case (Democratic Party (United States))Hawaii's 2nd congressional district>2: Tulsi Gabbard (D)| postal_code = HI| TradAbbreviation = H.I.43}}| area_total_sq_mi = 10,931| area_total_km2 = 28,311| area_land_sq_mi = 6,423| area_land_km2 = 16,638| area_water_sq_mi = 4,507| area_water_km2 = 11,672| area_water_percent = 41.2| population_rank = 40th| 2010Pop = 1,420,491 (2018)13}}| 2000Density = 82.6| 2000DensityUS = 221TITLE=MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME, December 9, 2016, | IncomeRank = 4th50}}| AdmittanceDate = August 21, 1959Hawaii–Aleutian Time Zone>Hawaii| utc_offset1 = −10:00| Longitude = 154° 48′ W to 178° 22′ W| Latitude = 18° 55′ N to 28° 27′ N| length_mi = 1,522| width_mi = n/a| width_km = n/a| length_km = 2,450Mauna KeaTU2314ACCESSDATE=OCTOBER 20, 2011, HTTP://EGSC.USGS.GOV/ISB/PUBS/BOOKLETS/ELVADIST/ELVADIST.HTML >TITLE=ELEVATIONS AND DISTANCES IN THE UNITED STATES UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY >YEAR=2001 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=OCTOBER 15, 2011, Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.The summit of Mauna Kea is the highest point in Oceania. Mauna Kea is also the tallest mountain on Earth when measured from base to summit. The shield volcano sits on the floor of the Pacific Ocean at a depth of {{convertm010205.3ftsp=us}}| elevation_max_ft = 13,796| elevation_max_m = 4205.0| elevation_ft = 3,030| elevation_m = 920| elevation_min_point = Pacific Ocean| elevation_min_ft = 0| elevation_min_m = 0| iso_code = US-HI| website =}}

Hawaii ({{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-Hawaii.ogg|h|ə|ˈ|w|aɪ|i}} {{respell|hə|WY|ee}}; i}} {{IPA-haw|həˈvɐjʔi|}}) is a state of the United States of America. It is the only state located in the Pacific Ocean and the only state composed entirely of islands.The state encompasses nearly the entire Hawaiian archipelago, 137 islands spread over {{convert|1500|mi}}. The volcanic archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.WEB,weblink Is Hawaii a Part of Oceania or North America?, WorldAtlas, en, 2019-06-24, At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are, in order from northwest to southeast: Ni{{okina}}ihau, Kaua{{okina}}i, O{{okina}}ahu, Moloka{{okina}}i, Lāna{{okina}}i, Kaho{{okina}}olawe, Maui, and Hawai{{okina}}i. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawai{{okina}}i Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. Hawaii is the 8th smallest geographically and the 11th least populous, but the 13th most densely populated of the 50 states. It is the only state with an Asian American plurality. Hawaii has over 1.4 million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. The state capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of O{{okina}}ahu. The state's ocean coastline is about {{convert|750|mi|km}} long, the fourth longest in the U.S., after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida, and California. Hawaii is the most recent state to join the union, on August 21, 1959.WEB,weblink 48 USC 3 Hawaii, It was an independent nation until 1898.Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and East Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiianindigenous Hawaiianindigenous Hawaiian|italic=no}}, a legendary figure from Hawaiian myth. He is said to have discovered the islands when they were first settled.JOURNAL,weblink The Legend of Hawaii-loa, Bruce Cartwright, Journal of the Polynesian Society, 1929, 38, 105–121, Ethnomathematics Digital Library (EDL), dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 13, 2007, WEB,weblink Origins of Hawaii's Names, February 24, 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 30, 2006, The Hawaiian language word i}} is very similar to Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki, with the reconstructed meaning "homeland".Pollex—a reconstruction of the Proto-Polynesian lexicon, Biggs and Clark, 1994. The asterisk preceding the word signifies that it is a reconstructed word form. Cognates of i}} are found in other Polynesian languages, including Māori (), Rarotongan (Avaiki}}) and Samoan (i]]}}). According to linguists Pukui and Elbert,BOOK, Pukui, Mary Kawena, Samuel H., Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1986, 978-0-8248-0703-0, 62, "elsewhere in Polynesia, i}} or a cognate is the name of the underworld or of the ancestral home, but in Hawaii, the name has no meaning".Pukui, Elbert, and Mookini 1974.

Spelling of state name

A somewhat divisive political issue arose in 1978 when the Constitution of the State of Hawaii added Hawaiian as a second official state language.WEB, Article XV, Section 4, The Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau,weblink March 18, 2015, The title of the state constitution is The Constitution of the State of Hawaii. Article{{nbsp}}XV, Section{{nbsp}}1 of the Constitution uses The State of Hawaii.WEB, Article XV, Section 1, The Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau,weblink March 18, 2015, DiacriticDiacritic}} {{angbr|{{okina}}}} and the in modern Hawaiian orthography. The exact spelling of the state's name in the Hawaiian language is i}}.{{efn|The , which resembles an apostrophe and precedes the final i in Hawai{{okina}}i, is a consonant in Hawaiian and phonetically represents the glottal stop {{IPAc-en|Ê”}}.}} In the Hawaii Admission Act that granted Hawaiian statehood, the federal government recognized Hawaii as the official state name. Official government publications, department and office titles, and the Seal of Hawaii use the traditional spelling with no symbols for glottal stops or vowel length.WEB,weblink Hawaiian language, Wow Polynesia, December 2, 2009, April 16, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 18, 2011, mdy-all, In contrast, the National and State Park Services, the University of Hawai{{okina}}i and some private enterprises implement these symbols. No precedent for changes to U.S. state names exists since the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1789. However, the Constitution of Massachusetts formally changed the Province of Massachusetts Bay to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1780, and in 1819, the Territory of Arkansaw was created but was later admitted to statehood as the State of Arkansas.{{Anchor|Geography}}

Geography and environment

There are eight main Hawaiian islands, seven of which are permanently inhabited. The island of Ni{{okina}}ihau is privately managed by brothers Bruce and Keith Robinson; access is restricted to those who have permission from the island's owners. Access to uninhabited Kahoʻolawe island is also restricted.


File:Hawaii State Map.jpg|thumb|The alt=Map with Hawaiian islands in the middleThe Hawaiian archipelago is located {{convert|2000|mi|km|abbr=on}} southwest of the contiguous United States.WEB,weblink What constitutes the United States, what are the official definitions?, United States Geological Survey, July 3, 2007, Hawaii is the southernmost U.S. state and the second westernmost after Alaska. Hawaii, like Alaska, does not border any other U.S. state. It is the only U.S. state that is not geographically located in North America, the only state completely surrounded by water and that is entirely an archipelago, and the only state in which coffee is commercially cultivable.In addition to the eight main islands, the state has many smaller islands and islets. Ka{{okina}}ula is a small island near Ni{{okina}}ihau. The Northwest Hawaiian Islands is a group of nine small, older islands to the northwest of Kaua{{okina}}i that extend from Nihoa to Kure Atoll; these are remnants of once much larger volcanic mountains. Across the archipelago are around 130 small rocks and islets, such as Molokini, which are either volcanic, marine sedimentary or erosional in origin.WEB,weblink General Information about Hawaiian Shield Volcanoes, Rubin, Ken, 1 December 2009, Hawaii's tallest mountain Mauna Kea is {{convert|13796|ft|m|abbr=on}} above mean sea level;WEB,weblink Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii,, November 5, 2011, it is taller than Mount Everest if measured from the base of the mountain, which lies on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and rises about {{convert|33500|ft|m}}.WEB,weblink Unke, Beata, 2001, The Physics Factbook, Height of the Tallest Mountain on Earth,


(File:Pāhoehoe lava meets Pacific.jpg|thumb|left|, or smooth lava, spills into the Pacific Ocean, forming new rock off the coast of the Island of Hawai{{okina}}i.)The Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source called the Hawaii hotspot. The process is continuing to build islands; the tectonic plate beneath much of the Pacific Ocean continually moves northwest and the hot spot remains stationary, slowly creating new volcanoes. Because of the hotspot's location, all currently active land volcanoes are located on the southern half of Hawaii Island. The newest volcano, Lō{{okina}}ihi Seamount, is located south of the coast of Hawaii Island.The last volcanic eruption outside Hawaii Island occurred at on Maui before the late 18th{{nbsp}}century, possibly hundreds of years earlier.WEB,weblink Youngest lava flows on East Maui probably older than A.D. 1790, United States Geological Survey, September 9, 1999, May 5, 2015, In 1790, Kīlauea exploded; it was the deadliest eruption known to have occurred in the modern era in what is now the United States.WEB,weblink Living on Active Volcanoes—The Island of Hawaii, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 074-97, U.S. Geological Survey, November 5, 2011, Up to 5,405 warriors and their families marching on Kīlauea were killed by the eruption.JOURNAL, Swanson, D. A., Rausch, J, 2008, 2008AGUFM.V11B2022S, Human Footprints in Relation to the 1790 Eruption of Kīlauea, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, 11, V11B–2022, Volcanic activity and subsequent erosion have created impressive geological features. Hawaii Island has the second-highest point among the world's islands.WEB,weblink Largest islands of the world,, April 16, 2011, On the flanks of the volcanoes, slope instability has generated damaging earthquakes and related tsunamis, particularly in 1868 and 1975.WEB,weblink Tsunami Safety & Preparedness in Hawaii, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, November 12, 2009, November 12, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 7, 2011, Steep cliffs have been created by catastrophic debris avalanches on the submerged flanks of ocean island volcanoes.BOOK, Le Bas, T.P., Slope Failures on the Flanks of Southern Cape Verde Islands, Lykousis, Vasilios, Submarine mass movements and their consequences: 3rd international symposium, Springer Science+Business Media, 2007, 978-1-4020-6511-8, JOURNAL, Mitchell, N., 2003, Susceptibility of mid-ocean ridge volcanic islands and seamounts to large scale landsliding, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108, B8, 1–23, 10.1029/2002jb001997, 2003JGRB..108.2397M, The erupted in May 2018, opening 22 fissure vents on its East Rift Zone. The Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are situated within this territory. The destruction affected at least 36 buildings and this coupled with the lava flows and the sulfur dioxide fumes, necessitated the evacuation of more than 2,000 local inhabitants from the neighborhoods.WEB,weblink Man Whose Leg Was Shattered By Hawaii's Volcano Eruption Speaks Out, May 24, 2018,

Flora and fauna

{{See also|Endemism in the Hawaiian Islands|List of invasive plant species in Hawaii}}File:Hawaiian monk seal at French Frigate Shoals 07.jpg|thumb|alt= A Hawaiian monk seal rests at French Frigate Shoals.|French Frigate Shoals, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is protected as part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National MonumentPapahānaumokuākea Marine National MonumentBecause the islands of Hawaii are distant from other land habitats, life is thought to have arrived there by wind, waves (i.e. by ocean currents) and wings (i.e. birds, insects, and any seeds they may have carried on their feathers). This isolation, in combination with the diverse environment (including extreme altitudes, tropical climates, and arid shorelines), allowed for the evolution of new endemic flora and fauna. Hawaii has more endangered species and has lost a higher percentage of its endemic species than any other U.S. state.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink March 18, 2007, Hawaii's Forest Birds Sing the Blues, Howard Youth, October 31, 2008, One endemic plant, Brighamia, now requires hand-pollination because its natural pollinator is presumed to be extinct.WEB,weblink Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database, December 15, 2013, The two species of Brighamia—B. rockii and B. insignis—are represented in the wild by around 120 individual plants. To ensure these plants set seed, biologists rappel down {{Convert|3000|foot|m|adj=on}} cliffs to brush pollen onto their stigmas.BOOK, {{google books, y, YWTZs5fSqb8C, 133, |title=The Forgotten Pollinators|author1=Stephen Buchmann |author2=Gary Paul Nabhan | accessdate=December 17, 2013| isbn=9781597269087| date=June 22, 2012}}The extant main islands of the archipelago have been above the surface of the ocean for fewer than 10{{nbsp}}million years; a fraction of the time biological colonization and evolution have occurred there. The islands are well known for the environmental diversity that occurs on high mountains within a trade winds field. On a single island, the climate around the coasts can range from dry tropical (less than {{convert|20|in|mm|disp=or|sp=us}} annual rainfall) to wet tropical; on the slopes, environments range from tropical rainforest (more than {{convert|200|in|mm|disp=or|sp=us}} per year), through a temperate climate, to alpine conditions with a cold, dry climate. The rainy climate impacts soil development, which largely determines ground permeability, affecting the distribution of streams and wetlands.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Protected areas

File:Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii.jpg|thumb|left|Nā Pali Coast State ParkNā Pali Coast State ParkSeveral areas in Hawaii are under the protection of the National Park Service.WEB, Hawaii, National Park Service, July 15, 2008,weblink Hawaii has two national parks: Haleakalā National Park located near Kula on the island of Maui, which features the dormant volcano Haleakalā that formed east Maui, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the southeast region of the Hawai{{okina}}i Island, which includes the active volcano Kīlauea and its rift zones.There are three national historical parks; Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Kalaupapa, Moloka{{okina}}i, the site of a former leper colony; Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park in Kailua-Kona on Hawai{{okina}}i Island; and Pu{{okina}}uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, an ancient place of refuge on Hawai{{okina}}i Island's west coast. Other areas under the control of the National Park Service include Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail on Hawai{{okina}}i Island and the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on O{{okina}}ahu.The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was proclaimed by President George W. Bush on June 15, 2006. The monument covers roughly {{convert|140000|mi2|km2}} of reefs, atolls, and shallow and deep sea out to {{convert|50|mi|km|-1}} offshore in the Pacific Ocean—an area larger than all of the national parks in the U.S. combined.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink September 30, 2006, Treasure Islands, Joshua Reichert and Theodore Roosevelt IV, June 15, 2006, dead, mdy-all,


{{See also|List of Hawaii tornadoes|List of Hawaii hurricanes|Climate of Hawaii}}(File:Hawaje-NoRedLine.jpg|thumb|A true-color satellite view of Hawaii shows that most of the vegetation on the islands grows on their northeast sides, which face the wind. The silver glow around the southwest of the islands is the result of calmer waters.WEB,weblink Hawaiian Islands : Image of the Day,, November 5, 2010, )Hawaii's climate is typical for the tropics, although temperatures and humidity tend to be less extreme because of near-constant trade winds from the east. Summer highs usually reach around {{Convert|88|F|C}} during the day, with the temperature reaching a low of {{Convert|75|F|C}} at night. Winter day temperatures are usually around {{Convert|83|F|C}}; at low elevation they seldom dip below {{Convert|65|F|C}} at night. Snow, not usually associated with the tropics, falls at {{convert|4200|m|ft|order=flip}} on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island in some winter months. Snow rarely falls on Haleakalā. Mount Wai{{okina}}ale{{okina}}ale on Kaua{{okina}}i has the second-highest average annual rainfall on Earth, about {{convert|460|in|mm}} per year. Most of Hawaii experiences only two seasons; the dry season runs from May to October and the wet season is from October to April.WEB,weblink Climate of Hawaii,, November 5, 2011, The warmest temperature recorded in the state, in Pahala on April 27, 1931, is {{convert|100|°F}}, making it tied with Alaska as the lowest record high temperature observed in a U.S. state.WEB,weblink State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC), US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Environmental Information., February 2, 2017, Hawaii's record low temperature is {{convert|12|°F}} observed in May{{nbsp}}1979, on the summit of Mauna Kea. Hawaii is the only state to have never recorded sub-zero Fahrenheit temperatures.Climates vary considerably on each island; they can be divided into windward and leeward (ko{{okina}}olau and kona, respectively) areas based upon location relative to the higher mountains. Windward sides face cloud cover.{{citation needed|date=February 2017}}{{climate chart| Honolulu 80.1 | 2.31 80.2 | 1.99 81.2 | 2.02 82.7 | 0.63 84.6 | 0.62 87.0 | 0.26 87.9 | 0.51 88.7 | 0.56 88.6 | 0.70 86.7 | 1.84 83.9 | 2.42 81.2 | 3.24| maxprecip = 1 | float = left | clear = right | units = imperial| source = National Climate Data Center}}{{climate chartHilo, Hawaii>Hilo 79.0 | 9.26 78.8 | 9.56 79.0 | 13.43 78.9 | 11.54 80.6 | 8.12 82.2 | 7.37 82.8 | 10.81 83.2 | 9.85 83.3 | 9.94 82.6 | 9.77 80.8 | 15.50 79.4 | 11.57| maxprecip = 1 | float = left | clear = right | units = imperial| source = National Climate Data Center}}{{climate chartKahului, Hawaii>Kahului 80.6 | 2.87 80.7 | 1.89 81.4 | 2.45 82.4 | 1.55 84.4 | 0.74 86.3 | 0.20 87.2 | 0.50 88.0 | 0.50 88.0 | 0.38 86.8 | 1.20 84.1 | 2.20 81.6 | 3.35| maxprecip = 1 | float = left | clear = right | units = imperial| source = National Climate Data Center}}{{climate chartLihue, Hawaii>Lihue 78.0 | 3.75 77.8 | 3.16 78.4 | 4.61 79.2 | 2.25 81.2 | 2.07 83.3 | 1.61 84.2 | 1.87 84.7 | 2.13 84.8 | 2.12 83.4 | 3.82 80.8 | 4.46 78.8 | 5.20| maxprecip = 1 | float = left | clear = right | units = imperial| source = National Climate Data Center}}{{climate chartLanai City, Hawaii>Lanai City 76.0 | 2.47 76.1 | 1.61 76.7 | 1.63 78.2 | 0.86 79.6 | 0.53 81.7 | 0.63 82.9 | 0.44 83.5 | 0.45 83.1 | 0.93 81.9 | 1.39 79.1 | 2.42 77.1 | 2.23| maxprecip = 1 | float = left | clear = right | units = imperial| source = National Climate Data Center}}{{clear|left}}


{{HI history}}Hawaii is one of four U.S. states—apart from the original thirteen, along with the Vermont Republic (1791), the Republic of Texas (1845), and the California Republic (1846)—that were independent nations prior to statehood. Along with Texas, Hawaii had formal, international diplomatic recognition as a nation.WEB,weblink United States Code: Title 20,7512. Findings | LII / Legal Information Institute,, November 5, 2011, The Kingdom of Hawai{{okina}}i was sovereign from 1810 until 1893 when the monarchy was overthrown by resident American and European capitalists and landholders. Hawaii was an independent republic from 1894 until August 12, 1898, when it officially became a territory of the United States. Hawaii was admitted as a U.S. state on August 21, 1959.WEB,weblink Hawaii State Government,, November 5, 2011,

First human settlement – Ancient Hawai{{okina}}i (800–1778)

Based on archaeological evidence, the earliest habitation of the Hawaiian Islands dates to around 300 CE, probably by Polynesian settlers from the Marquesas Islands.{{doubtful|date=May 2018}} A second wave of migration from Raiatea and Bora Bora took place in the {{ordinal|11}} century. The date of the human discovery and habitation of the Hawaiian Islands is the subject of academic debate.BOOK, Patrick Vinton, Kirch, Patrick Vinton Kirch, The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms, Cambridge University Press, 1989, 77–79, 978-0-521-27316-9,weblink Some archaeologists and historians think it was a later wave of immigrants from Tahiti around 1000 CE who introduced a new line of high chiefs, the kapu system, the practice of human sacrifice, and the building of heiau.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}} This later immigration is detailed in Hawaiian mythology (mo{{okina}}olelo) about Pa{{okina}}ao. Other authors say there is no archaeological or linguistic evidence for a later influx of Tahitian settlers and that Pa{{okina}}ao must be regarded as a myth.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}The history of the islands is marked by a slow, steady growth in population and the size of the chiefdoms, which grew to encompass whole islands. Local chiefs, called ali{{okina}}i, ruled their settlements, and launched wars to extend their influence and defend their communities from predatory rivals. Ancient Hawaii was a caste-based society, much like that of Hindus in India.BOOK, Barbara A., West, 2009, {{google books, y, pCiNqFj3MQsC, 270, | title = Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania | publisher = Infobase Publishing | page = 270 | isbn = 978-1438119137}}

European arrival

File:Tereoboo, King of Owyhee, bringing presents to Captain Cook by John Webber.jpg|thumb|Kalaniʻōpuʻu, King of Hawai{{okina}}i, brings presents to Captain CookCaptain CookThe 1778 arrival of British explorer Captain James Cook marked the first documented contact by a European explorer with Hawaii. Cook named the archipelago "the Sandwich Islands" in honor of his sponsor John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, publishing the islands' location and rendering the native name as Owyhee. This spelling lives on in Owyhee County, Idaho, named after three native Hawaiian members of a trapping party who went missing in that area; Idaho's Owyhee Mountains were also named for them.WEB, The Name Owyhee,weblink Idaho State Historical Society, January 1, 2015, August 1964, It is very possible that Spanish explorers arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in the 16th century, two hundred years before Cook's first documented visit in 1778. Ruy López de Villalobos commanded a fleet of six ships that left Acapulco in 1542 bound for the Philippines, with a Spanish sailor named Juan Gaetano aboard as pilot. Depending on the interpretation, Gaetano's reports describe an encounter with either Hawai{{okina}}i or the Marshall Islands.BOOK, Kane, Herb Kawainui, Herb Kawainui Kane, Bob Dye, The Manila Galleons, Hawaii Chronicles: Island History from the Pages of Honolulu Magazine, I, University of Hawaii Press, 1996, Honolulu, 25–32, 978-0-8248-1829-6, WEB,weblink Ruy López de Villalobos (descubridor de Hawai),, Spanish, January 5, 2017, {{Better source|reason=Blogs are not considered W:RS|reliable sources]].|date=January 2017}} If de Villalobos' crew spotted Hawai{{okina}}i, Gaetano would thus be considered the first European to see the islands. Some scholars have dismissed these claims due to a lack of credibility.By Oliver, Douglas L. (1989). The Pacific Islands. University of Hawaii Press. p. 45. {{ISBN|0-8248-1233-6}}JOURNAL, Coulter, John Wesley, 1964, Great Britain in Hawaii: The Captain Cook Monument, The Geographical Journal, 130, 2, 256–261, 10.2307/1794586, 1794586, Nonetheless, Spanish archives contain a chart that depicts islands at the same latitude as Hawai{{okina}}i, but with a longitude ten degrees east of the islands. In this manuscript, the island of Maui is named La Desgraciada (The Unfortunate Island), and what appears to be Hawai{{okina}}i Island is named La Mesa (The Table). Islands resembling Kaho{{okina}}olawe', Lāna{{okina}}i, and Moloka{{okina}}i are named Los Monjes (The Monks).WEB, Hawaii National Park, June 1959,weblink Hawaiʻi Nature Notes, For two-and-a-half centuries, Spanish galleons crossed the Pacific from Mexico along a route that passed south of Hawai{{okina}}i on their way to Manila. The exact route was kept secret to protect the Spanish trade monopoly against competing powers. Hawaii thus maintained independence, despite being sandwiched between the West and the East by nations that were subjects of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, an empire that exercised jurisdiction over many subject civilizations and kingdoms on both sides of the Pacific.Katharine Bjork, "The Link that Kept the Philippines Spanish: Mexican Merchant Interests and the Manila Trade, 1571-1815," Journal of World History 9, no. 1 (1998), 25-50.File:Entrevue de l'expedition de M. Kotzebue avec le roi Tammeamea dans l'ile d'Ovayhi, Iles Sandwich (detailed).jpg|thumb|left|King Kamehameha receiving the Russian naval expedition of Otto von Kotzebue. Drawing by Louis ChorisLouis ChorisDespite such contested claims, Cook is generally credited as being the first European to land at Hawaii, having visited the Hawaiian Islands twice. As he prepared for departure after his second visit in 1779, a quarrel ensued as Cook took temple idols and fencing as "firewood",Stanley D. Porteus, Calabashes and Kings: An Introduction to Hawaii. Kessinger Publishing, 2005; p. 17 and a minor chief and his men stole a boat from his ship. Cook abducted the King of Hawai{{okina}}i Island, Kalani{{okina}}ōpu{{okina}}u, and held him for ransom aboard his ship in order to gain return of Cook's boat, as this tactic had previously worked in Tahiti and other islands.BOOK, Kuykendall, The Hawaiian Kingdom Volume I: Foundation and Transformation, 18, Cook's plan was to get the king on board the Resolution and keep him there until the stolen boat was returned—a plan that had been effective under similar circumstances in the south Pacific., Instead, the supporters of Kalani{{okina}}ōpu{{okina}}u attacked, killing Cook and four sailors as Cook's party retreated along the beach to their ship. The ship departed without retrieving the stolen boat.After Cook's visit and the publication of several books relating his voyages, the Hawaiian Islands attracted many European visitors: explorers, traders, and eventually whalers, who found the islands to be a convenient harbor and source of supplies. Early British influence can be seen in the design of the flag of Hawai{{okina}}i, which bears the Union Jack in the top-left corner. These visitors introduced diseases to the once-isolated islands, causing the Hawaiian population to drop precipitously.{{Britannica|257332}} Native Hawaiians had no resistance to Eurasian diseases, such as influenza, smallpox and measles. By 1820, disease, famine and wars between the chiefs killed more than half of the Native Hawaiian population.BOOK, To express the policy of the United States regarding the United States' relationship with Native Hawaiians, and for other purposes: report (to accompany S. 2899), 7, United States Congress Senate United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (1993– ) U.S. G.P.O., 2000, Washington, D.C., 2000,weblink During the 1850s, measles killed a fifth of Hawaii's people.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink February 7, 2007, Migration and Disease, Digital History, Historical records indicated the earliest Chinese immigrants to Hawaii originated from Guangdong Province; a few sailors had arrived in 1778 with Captain Cook's journey, and more arrived in 1789 with an American trader who settled in Hawaii in the late 18th century. It is said that leprosy was introduced by Chinese workers by 1830, and as with the other new infectious diseases, it proved damaging to the Hawaiians.BOOK,weblink National Historical Park : KALAUPAPA, Greene, Linda W., National Park Service, 1985, 11,

Kingdom of Hawai{{okina}}i

House of Kamehameha

(File:Kamehameha Statue and flag.jpg|thumb|Kamehameha I conquered the Hawaiian Islands and established a unified monarchy across the archipelago.)During the 1780s, and 1790s, chiefs often fought for power. After a series of battles that ended in 1795, 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.WEB, Fry, Kathie, Kamehameha Dynasty,weblink Hawaii for Visitors, November 7, 2016, After Kamehameha II inherited the throne in 1819, American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii converted many Hawaiians to Christianity. They used their influence to end many traditional practices of the people.BOOK, {{google books, y, i8RdAgAAQBAJ, 165, |title=Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook|last=MacDonald|first=Margaret Read|date=2013-12-16|publisher=Routledge|isbn=9781135917142|location=|page=165|language=en|quote=|via=}}BOOK, {{google books, y, _3DrC3iFfQQC, 15, |title=American Aloha: Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition|last=Diamond|first=Heather A.|date=2008|publisher=University of Hawaii Press|isbn=9780824831714|location=|page=15|language=en|quote=|via=}} During the reign of King Kamehameha III, Hawai'i turned into a Christian monarchy with the signing of the 1840 Constitution.WEB,weblink Ho'oilina Legacy Collection,, 2017-02-12, Hiram Bingham I, a prominent Protestant missionary, was a trusted adviser to the monarchy during this period. Other missionaries and their descendants became active in commercial and political affairs, leading to conflicts between the monarchy and its restive American subjects.BOOK, {{google books, y, O_3fCgAAQBAJ, 572, |title=World History: Journeys from Past to Present|last=Goucher|first=Candice|last2=Walton|first2=Linda|date=2013-03-12|publisher=Routledge|isbn=9781135088293|location=|page=572|language=en|quote=|via=}} Catholic and Mormon missionaries were also active in the kingdom, but they converted a minority of the Native Hawaiian population.WEB,weblink Religious Statistics of Hawaii, 1825–1972, Schmitt, Robert C., 43, Typographical error in "1950", meant to be "1850", BOOK, {{google books, y, Bb0HAAAAMAAJ, 5, |title=Studies in the History of American Education|last=Education|first=University of Michigan School of|date=1947-01-01|publisher=UM Libraries|isbn=|location=|page=5|language=en|quote=|via=}}BOOK, {{google books, y, HPyhAgAAQBAJ, 89, |title=Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church: Visual Culture, Missionization and Appropriation|last=Martin|first=Dr Kathleen J.|date=2013-06-28|publisher=Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.|isbn=9781409480655|location=|page=89|language=en|quote=|via=}} Missionaries from each major group administered to the leper colony at Kalaupapa on Moloka{{okina}}i, which was established in 1866 and operated well into the 20th century. The best known were Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope, both of whom were canonized in the early 21st century as Roman Catholic saints.The death of the bachelor King Kamehameha V—who did not name an heir—resulted in the popular election of Lunalilo over Kalākaua. Lunalilo died the next year, also without naming an heir. In 1874, the election was contested within the legislature between Kalākaua and Emma, Queen Consort of Kamehameha IV. After riots broke out, the United States and Britain landed troops on the islands to restore order. King Kalākaua was chosen as monarch by the Legislative Assembly by a vote of 39 to 6 on February 12, 1874.WEB,weblink Ulukau: The Hawaiian kingdom, vol. 3, 1874–1893, The Kalakaua dynasty,, 2017-02-12,

1887 Constitution and overthrow preparations

In 1887, Kalākaua was forced to sign the 1887 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Drafted by white businessmen and lawyers, the document stripped the king of much of his authority. It established a property qualification for voting that effectively disenfranchised most Hawaiians and immigrant laborers and favored the wealthier, white elite. Resident whites were allowed to vote but resident Asians were not. As the 1887 Constitution was signed under threat of violence, it is known as the Bayonet Constitution. King Kalākaua, reduced to a figurehead, reigned until his death in 1891. His sister, Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani, succeeded him; she was the last monarch of Hawai{{okina}}i.WEB,weblink Ulukau: The Hawaiian kingdom, vol. 3, 1874–1893, The Kalakaua dynasty,, February 12, 2017, In 1893, Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani announced plans for a new constitution to proclaim herself an absolute monarch. On January 14, 1893, a group of mostly Euro-American business leaders and residents formed the Committee of Safety to stage a coup d'état against the kingdom and seek annexation by the United States. United States Government Minister John L. Stevens, responding to a request from the Committee of Safety, summoned a company of U.S. Marines. The Queen's soldiers did not resist. According to historian William Russ, the monarchy was unable to protect itself.BOOK, Russ, William Adam, The Hawaiian Revolution (1893–94), Associated University Presses, 1992, 350, 978-0-945636-43-4,

Overthrow of 1893 – Republic of Hawaii (1894–1898)

{{see also|List of Hawaiian sovereignty movement groups#Historical – Royalist Organizations (from 1880s)}}File:Liliuokalani in 1891.jpg|thumb|upright|Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalaniQueen Lili{{okina}}uokalaniOn January 17, 1893, Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani was overthrown and replaced by a provisional government composed of members of the Committee of Safety. The United States Minister to the Kingdom of Hawaii (John L. Stevens) conspired with U.S. citizens to overthrow the monarchy. After the overthrow, Lawyer Sanford B. Dole, a citizen of Hawaii, became President of the Republic when the Provisional Government of Hawaii ended on July 4, 1894. Controversy ensued in the following years as the Queen tried to regain her throne. The administration of President Grover Cleveland commissioned the Blount Report, which concluded that the removal of Lili{{okina}}uokalani had been illegal. The U.S. government first demanded that Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani be reinstated, but the Provisional Government refused.Congress conducted an independent investigation, and on February 26, 1894, submitted the Morgan Report, which found all parties, including Minister Stevens—with the exception of the Queen—"not guilty" and not responsible for the coup.BOOK, Kuykendall, R.S., 1967, The Hawaiian Kingdom, 1874–1893, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 648, Partisans on both sides of the debate questioned the accuracy and impartiality of both the Blount and Morgan reports over the events of 1893.BOOK, Kinzer, Stephen, Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq, Times Books, 2006, 978-0-8050-7861-9,weblink WEB, Hawaii Reporter,weblink Rush Limbaugh Sounds Off on Akaka Bill, August 18, 2005, WEB,weblink Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand, Bruce, Fein, Bruce Fein, June 6, 2005, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Honolulu, May 7, 2015, In 1993, the US Congress passed a joint Apology Resolution regarding the overthrow; it was signed by President Bill Clinton. The resolution apologized and said that the overthrow was illegal in the following phrase: "The Congress — on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893, acknowledges the historical significance of this event which resulted in the suppression of the inherent sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people." Public Law 103-150 — Nov. 23, 1993. Retrieved July 3, 2018. The Apology Resolution also "acknowledges that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum".

{{anchor|annexation}}Annexation – Territory of Hawaii (1898–1959)

File:1899BalanceCartoon.jpg|thumb|upright|In 1899 Uncle Sam balances his new possessions, which are depicted as savage children. The figures are Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Cuba, Philippines and "Ladrones" (the Mariana IslandsMariana IslandsAfter William McKinley won the 1896 U.S. presidential election, advocates pressed to annex the Republic of Hawaii. The previous president, Grover Cleveland, was a friend of Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani. McKinley was open to persuasion by U.S. expansionists and by annexationists from Hawai{{okina}}i. He met with three non-native annexationists: Lorrin A. Thurston, Francis March Hatch and William Ansel Kinney. After negotiations in June 1897, Secretary of State John Sherman agreed to a treaty of annexation with these representatives of the Republic of Hawaii.WEB, The Morgan Report,weblink 1897 Hawaii Annexation Treaty, August 14, 2010, The U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty. Despite the opposition of most native Hawaiians,WEB,weblink Anti-annexation petitions – Page 1,, March 9, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 17, 2012, mdy-all, the Newlands Resolution was used to annex the Republic to the U.S.; it became the Territory of Hawaii. The Newlands Resolution was passed by the House on June 15, 1898, by 209 votes in favor to 91 against, and by the Senate on July 6, 1898, by a vote of 42 to 21.BOOK, {{google books, y, IjZPcGb2R08C, 209, |title=Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai_i?|last=Dyke|first=Jon M. Van|date=2008-01-01|publisher=University of Hawaii Press|isbn=9780824832117|location=|page=209|language=en|quote=|via=}}WEB,weblink Sacramento Daily Union 16 June 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection,, 2017-02-12, WEB,weblink Annexation Timeline – of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, samuelson,, 2017-02-12, In 1900, Hawaii was granted self-governance and retained {{okina}}Iolani Palace as the territorial capitol building. Despite several attempts to become a state, Hawaii remained a territory for 60 years. Plantation owners and capitalists, who maintained control through financial institutions such as the Big Five, found territorial status convenient because they remained able to import cheap, foreign labor. Such immigration and labor practices were prohibited in many states.WEB,weblink Hawaii Statehood – Honolulu Star-Bulletin by HAWAII: Honolulu, Hawaii No binding – Seth Kaller Inc,, en-gb, 2017-02-12, File:USS SHAW exploding Pearl Harbor Nara 80-G-16871 2.jpg|thumb|left|alt=The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.|The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was the primary event that caused the United States to enter World War IIWorld War IIPuerto Rican immigration to Hawaii began in 1899, when Puerto Rico's sugar industry was devastated by a hurricane, causing a worldwide shortage of sugar and a huge demand for sugar from Hawaii. Hawaiian sugarcane plantation owners began to recruit experienced, unemployed laborers in Puerto Rico. Two waves of Korean immigration to Hawaii occurred in the 20th century. The first wave arrived between 1903 and 1924; the second wave began in 1965 after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which removed racial and national barriers and resulted in significantly altering the demographic mix in the U.S.WEB, 1965 immigration law changed face of America, Jennifer Ludden,weblink NPR, September 3, 2016, O{{okina}}ahu was the target of a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor and other military and naval installations, carried out by aircraft and by midget submarines, brought the United States into World War II.

Political changes of 1954 – State of Hawaii (1959–present)

{{See also|List of Hawaiian sovereignty movement groups#Modern – Sovereignty Organizations (1960s–present)}}(File:Food-Hawaii-Canning. Native girls packing pineapple into cans. - NARA - 522863.tif|thumb|alt=Three young women pack pineapples into cans in 1928.|Prior to the postwar labor movement, Hawaii was governed by plantation owners. Here, three young women pack pineapples into cans in 1928.)In the 1950s, the power of the plantation owners was broken by the descendants of immigrant laborers, who were born in Hawaii and were U.S. citizens. They voted against the Hawaii Republican Party, strongly supported by plantation owners. The new majority voted for the Democratic Party of Hawaii, which dominated territorial and state politics for more than 40 years. Eager to gain full representation in Congress and the Electoral College, residents actively campaigned for statehood. In Washington there was talk that Hawaii would be a Republican Party stronghold so it was matched with the admission of Alaska, seen as a Democratic Party stronghold. These predictions turned out to be inaccurate; today, Hawaii votes Democratic predominantly, while Alaska votes Republican.WEB,weblink Red States Outnumber Blue for First Time in Gallup Tracking, Gallup, Inc.,, January 5, 2017, [ 2016 election result – Politico]JOURNAL,weblink Red States vs. Blue States, Boundless, August 8, 2016,, January 5, 2017, WEB,weblink 2012 Presidential Race – Election Results by State – NBC News, December 2, 2011,, January 5, 2017, In March 1959, Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act, which U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law.VIDEO, 1959, Video: Aloha Hawaii. islanders Celebrate Long-Sought Statehood, 1959/03/16 (1959),weblink Universal Newsreel, February 20, 2012, The act excluded Palmyra Atoll from statehood; it had been part of the Kingdom and Territory of Hawaii. On June 27, 1959, a referendum asked residents of Hawaii to vote on the statehood bill; 94.3% voted in favor of statehood and 5.7% opposed it.WEB,weblink Commemorating 50 Years of Statehood,, State of Hawaii, March 18, 2009, March 21, 2014, On June 27, 1959, a plebiscite was held to allow Hawaii residents to ratify the congressional vote for statehood. The 'yes for statehood' garnered 94.3 percent (132,773 votes) while the 'no' ballots totaled 5.7 percent (7,971 votes)., dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 21, 2014, mdy-all, The referendum asked voters to choose between accepting the Act and remaining a U.S. territory. The United Nations' Special Committee on Decolonization later removed Hawaii from its list of non-self-governing territories.After attaining statehood, Hawaii quickly modernized through construction and a rapidly growing tourism economy. Later, state programs promoted Hawaiian culture.{{which|date=March 2015}} The Hawaii State Constitutional Convention of 1978 created institutions such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to promote indigenous language and culture.WEB,weblink The Constitutionality of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Van Dyke, Jon, 1985,, 2018-06-18, Coincidentally, the Wiki knowledge revolution that transformed the Internet had its inspiration from Hawaii.{{vcite web|url=|title=Hawaiian Words; Hawaiian to English||accessdate=September 19, 2008|url-status=live|archiveurl=|archivedate=September 14, 2008|df=mdy-all}}{{Citation|last=Hasan|first=Heather|title=Wikipedia, 3.5 million articles and counting|year=2012|isbn=9781448855575|page=11|url=}}{{Citation|last=Andrews|first=Lorrin|title=A dictionary of the Hawaiian language to which is appended an English-Hawaiian vocabulary and a chronological table of remarkable events|year=1865|publisher=Henry M. Whitney|url=|page=514}}



{{See also|Hawaii statistical areas}}{{Historical populations|type = US300000264160130313731345689753900 154001 191874 255881 368300 422770 499794 632772 769913 964691 1108229 1211537 1360301 1420491TITLE=A HISTORY OF HAWAII, STUDENT BOOKPLAINURL=YPAGE=92, publisher=CRDG|page=92}}1900–2018WEB,weblink United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, }}{| style="float:right"|thumbPopulation density map of the Hawaiian islands)After Europeans and mainland Americans first arrived during the Kingdom of Hawaii period, the overall population of Hawaii, until that time composed solely of indigenous Hawaiians, fell dramatically. The indigenous Hawaiian population succumbed to foreign diseases, declining from 300,000 in the 1770s, to 60,000 in the 1850s, to 24,000 in 1920. In that year 43% of the population was of Japanese descent.{{citation needed|date=March 2019}} The population of Hawaii began to finally increase after an influx of primarily Asian settlers that arrived as migrant laborers at the end of the 19th{{nbsp}}century.WEB,weblink Hawaiian Encyclopedia : Population and Visitor Statistics,, July 1, 2002, January 21, 2014, The unmixed indigenous Hawaiian population has still not restored itself to its 300,000 pre-contact level. {{as of|2010}}, only 156,000 persons declared themselves to be of Native Hawaiian only ancestry, just over half of the pre-contact level Native Hawaiian population, although an additional 371,000 persons declared themselves to possess Native Hawaiian ancestry in combination with one or more other races (including other Polynesian groups, but mostly Asian and/or Caucasian).The United States Census Bureau estimates the population of Hawaii was 1,420,491 on July 1, 2018; an increase of 4.42% since the 2010 United States Census.WEB,weblink QuickFacts Hawaii; UNITED STATES, 2018 Population Estimates, United States Census Bureau, Population Division, March 10, 2019, March 10, 2019, {{As of|2018}}, Hawaii had an estimated population of 1,420,491; a decrease of 7,047 from the previous year and an increase of 60,190 (4.42%) since 2010. This includes a natural increase of 48,111 (96,028 births minus 47,917 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 16,956 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 30,068; migration within the country produced a net loss of 13,112 people.The center of population of Hawaii is located on the island of O'ahu. Large numbers of Native Hawaiians have moved to Las Vegas, which has been called the "ninth island" of Hawaii.WEB,weblink Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Big City, Small Town, State of the Reunion, July 5, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 2, 2013, NEWS,weblink Hawaii's ninth island offers everything we need, Honolulu Advertiser, July 6, 2013, Hawaii has a de facto population of over 1.4{{nbsp}}million, due in part to a large number of military personnel and tourist residents. O'ahu is the most populous island; it has the highest population density with a resident population of just under one million in {{convert|597|sqmi|km2|0}}, approximately 1,650 people per square mile.{{efn|For comparison, New Jersey—which has 8,717,925 people in {{convert|7417|sqmi|km2|0}}—is the most-densely populated state in the Union with 1,134 people per square mile.}}{{citation needed|date=May 2015}} Hawaii's 1.4{{nbsp;}}million residents, spread across {{convert|6000|mi2|-2}} of land, result in an average population density of 188.6 persons per square mile.WEB,weblink Hawaii Quickfacts,, November 5, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 28, 2011, mdy-all, The state has a lower population density than Ohio and Illinois.WEB,weblink Resident Population Data – 2010 Census, 2010 Census, United States Census Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, May 7, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 28, 2011, mdy-all, The average projected lifespan of people born in Hawaii in 2000 is 79.8 years; 77.1 years if male, 82.5 if female—longer than the average lifespan of any other U.S. state.WEB,weblinkweblink June 15, 2010, Average life expectancy at birth by state, November 5, 2011, dead, mdy-all, {{Asof|2011}} the U.S. military reported it had 42,371 personnel on the islands.WEB, Active Duty Military Personnel Strengths by Regional Area and by Country (309A),weblink Department of Defense, October 21, 2013, September 30, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 19, 2012, mdy-all,


{{Further|Native Hawaiians|White Americans in Hawaii|Africans in Hawaii|Japanese in Hawaii}}(File:Early Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.jpg|thumb|Japanese immigration to Hawaii was largely fueled by the high demand for plantation labor in Hawaii post-annexation.)According to the 2010 United States Census, Hawaii had a population of 1,360,301. The state's population identified as 38.6% Asian; 24.7% White (22.7% Non-Hispanic White Alone); 23.6% from two or more races; 10.0% Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 8.9% Hispanics and Latinos of any race; 1.6% Black or African American; 1.2% from some other race; and 0.3% Native American and Alaska Native.WEB,weblink Hawaii QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau, United States Census Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, State and County QuickFacts, January 17, 2012, June 2, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 28, 2011, mdy-all, {| class="wikitable sortable collapsible"|+ Hawaii racial breakdown of population! Racial composition !! 1970 !! 1990WEB,weblink Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States, Population Division, Laura K. Yax, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2008, mdy-all, !! 2000WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, January 7, 2014, Population of Hawaii: Census 2010 and 2000 Interactive Map, Demographics, Statistics, Quick Facts, mdy-all, !! 2010WEB,weblink 2010 Census Data, Center for New Media and Promotions(C2PO), !! est. 2015WEB,weblink American FactFinder – Results, U.S. Census, Bureau,, January 5, 2017, White American>White 38.8% 33.4% 24.3% 24.7% 26.7%Asian American>Asian rowspan=261.8% 41.6% 38.6% 37.3%Native Hawaiian andPacific Islander>other Pacific Islander 9.4% 10.0% 9.9%African American>Black 1.0% 2.5% 1.8% 1.6% 2.6%Native Americans in the United States>Native American and Alaskan native 0.1% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 0.5%Race and ethnicity in the United States Census>Other race 2.4% 1.9% 1.2% 1.2% —Multiracial American>Two or more races – – 21.4% 23.6% 23.0%Hawaii has the highest percentage of Asian Americans and multiracial Americans and the lowest percentage of White Americans of any state. It is the only state where people who identify as Asian Americans are the largest ethnic group. In 2012, 14.5% of the resident population under age 1 was non-Hispanic white.NEWS,weblink Americans under age 1 now mostly minorities, but not in Ohio: Statistical Snapshot, Exner, Rich, June 3, 2012, The Plain Dealer, Hawaii's Asian population consists mainly of 198,000 (14.6%) Filipino Americans, 185,000 (13.6%) Japanese Americans, roughly 55,000 (4.0%) Chinese Americans, and 24,000 (1.8%) Korean Americans. There are over 80,000 Indigenous Hawaiians—5.9% of the population.WEB,weblink Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data, US Census Bureau, May 22, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 5, 2014, mdy-all, Including those with partial ancestry, Samoan Americans constitute 2.8% of Hawaii's population, and Tongan Americans constitute 0.6%.WEB,weblink Race Reporting for the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population by Selected Categories: 2010, US Census Bureau, April 29, 2013, Over 120,000 (8.8%) Hispanic and Latino Americans live in Hawaii. Mexican Americans number over 35,000 (2.6%); Puerto Ricans exceed 44,000 (3.2%). Multiracial Americans constitute almost 25% of Hawaii's population, exceeding 320,000 people. Eurasian Americans are a prominent mixed-race group, numbering about 66,000 (4.9%). The Non-Hispanic White population numbers around 310,000—just over 20% of the population. The multi-racial population outnumbers the non-Hispanic white population by about 10,000 people. In 1970, the Census Bureau reported Hawaii's population was 38.8% white and 57.7% Asian and Pacific Islander.WEB, Hawaii – Race and Hispanic Origin: 1900 to 1990, U.S. Census Bureau,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2008, mdy-all, The five largest European ancestries in Hawaii are German (7.4%), Irish (5.2%), English (4.6%), Portuguese (4.3%) and Italian (2.7%). About 82.2% of the state's residents were born in the United States. Roughly 75% of foreign-born residents originate in Asia. Hawaii is a majority-minority state. It was expected to be one of three states that will not have a non-Hispanic white plurality in 2014; the other two are California and New Mexico.NEWS,weblink California's Hispanic population projected to outnumber white in 2014, Reuters, January 31, 2013, (File:Hawaii racial and ethnic map.svg|thumb|Map of the largest racial/ethnic group by county. Red indicates Native Hawaiian, blue indicates non-Hispanic white, and green indicates Asian. Darker shades indicate a higher proportion of the population.){|class="wikitable sortable"Population of HawaiiAMERICAN FACTFINDER, UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU,weblink Hawaii – ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates: 2008,, May 15, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 2, 2010, style="background:#efefef;"!Ancestry||Percentage||Main article:Philippines>Filipino!13.6%|See Filipinos in HawaiiJapanese people>Japanese!12.6%|See Japanese in Hawaii|Polynesian!9.0%|See Native Hawaiians|Germans!7.4%|See German AmericanIrish people>Irish!5.2%|See Irish AmericanEnglish people>English!4.6%|See English AmericanPortugal>Portuguese!4.3%|See Portuguese AmericanChina>Chinese!4.1%|See Chinese in Hawaii|Korean!3.1%|See Korean AmericanMexico>Mexican!2.9%|See Mexican AmericanPuerto Rico>Puerto Rican!2.8%See Puerto Rican immigration to Hawaii>Puerto RicanItaly>Italian!2.7%|See Italian American|African!2.4%|See African AmericanFrance>French!1.7%|See French AmericanAmerica Samoa>Samoan!1.3%|See Samoan AmericanScotland>Scottish!1.2%|See Scottish AmericanThe third group of foreigners to arrive in Hawaii were from China. Chinese workers on Western trading ships settled in Hawaii starting in 1789. In 1820, the first American missionaries arrived to preach Christianity and teach the Hawaiians Western ways.BOOK, Williams, Charles, The missionary gazetteer: comprising a geographical and statistical account ..., B B Edwards, {{google books, y, V6YNAAAAQAAJ, 42, |accessdate=May 3, 2012 |edition=America |series=CIHM/ICMH microfiche series, no. 35042 (also ATLA monograph preservation program; ATLA fiche 1988–3226) |year=1832 |origyear=1828 |publisher=W. Hyde & Co |location=Boston, MA |isbn=978-0-665-35042-9 |id={{OCLC|657191416|718098082|719990067|680518873}} |page=424}} {{As of|2015}}, a large proportion of Hawaii's population have Asian ancestry—especially Filipino, Japanese and Chinese. Many are descendants of immigrants brought to work on the sugarcane plantations in the mid-to-late 19th century. The first 153 Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii on June 19, 1868. They were not approved by the then-current Japanese government because the contract was between a broker and the Tokugawa shogunate—by then replaced by the Meiji Restoration. The first Japanese current-government-approved immigrants arrived on February 9, 1885, after Kalākaua's petition to Emperor Meiji when Kalākaua visited Japan in 1881.WEB,weblink Latin Americans of Japanese Origin (Nikkeijin) Working in Japan – A Survey, Junichi, Goto, April 2007, Documents & Reports – All Documents | The World Bank, World Bank, Washington, DC, 5, 48, May 3, 2012, WEB,weblink + Hawaii Alive | Realms: Wao Lani +, Hawaii Alive, Honolulu, HI, Bishop Museum, May 3, 2012, Almost 13,000 Portuguese migrants had arrived by 1899; they also worked on the sugarcane plantations.JOURNAL, Hoffman, Frederic L., September 1899, The Portuguese Population in the United States, Publications of the American Statistical Association, 6, 47, 327–336, 11137237, 2276463, 10.2307/2276463, 1905PAmSA...9..209L, {{Subscription required}} See pp. 332–33. By 1901, over 5,000 Puerto Ricans were living in Hawaii.ENCYCLOPEDIA, López, Iris, Ruiz, Vicki L., Korrol, Virginia Sánchez, Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, Puerto Ricans in Hawaii, Gale Virtual Reference Library, {{google books, y, _62IjQ-XQScC, 591, |accessdate=May 3, 2012 |date=May 3, 2006 |publisher=Indiana University Press |volume=2 |location=Bloomington, IN |id={{OCLC|74671044|748855661|756540171}} |isbn=978-0-253-34680-3 |pages=591–95}}


File:Portuguese immigrant family in Hawaii during the 19th century.jpg|thumb|Many Portuguese immigrants were Azorean or MadeiraMadeiraEnglish and Hawaiian are listed as Hawaii's official languages in the state's 1978 constitution, in Article XV, Section 4.WEB, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII,weblink 4 February 2018, However, the use of Hawai'ian is limited because the constitution specifies that "Hawaiian shall be required for public acts and transactions only as provided by law". Hawai{{okina}}i Creole English, locally referred to as "Pidgin", is the native language of many native residents and is a second language for many others.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}As of the 2000 Census, 73.4% of Hawaii residents aged five and older exclusively speak English at home.WEB,weblink Language Map Data Center,, July 17, 2007, November 5, 2011, According to the 2008 American Community Survey, 74.6% of Hawaii's residents over the age of five speak only English at home. In their homes, 21.0% of state residents speak an additional Asian language, 2.6% speak Spanish, 1.6% speak other Indo-European languages and 0.2% speak another language.After English, other languages popularly spoken in the state are Tagalog, Japanese and Ilocano. Significant numbers of European immigrants and their descendants also speak their native languages; the most numerous are German, Portuguese, Italian and French.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}} 5.4% of residents speak Tagalog—which includes non-native speakers of Filipino language, the national, co-official, Tagalog-based language; 5.0% speak Japanese and 4.0% speak Ilocano; 1.2% speak Chinese, 1.7% speak Hawaiian; 1.7% speak Spanish; 1.6% speak Korean; and 1.0% speak Samoan.The keyboard layout used for Hawaiian is QWERTY.WEB,weblink Layouts: Hawaiian (haw),, January 5, 2017,


The Hawaiian language has about 2,000 native speakers, about 0.15% of the total population. According to the United States Census, there were over 24,000 total speakers of the language in Hawaii in 2006–2008.WEB,weblink Table 1. Detailed Languages Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over for the United States: 2006–2008, April 2010, American Community Survey Data on Language Use, United States Census Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, May 7, 2012, MS-Excel Spreadsheet, Hawaiian is a Polynesian member of the Austronesian language family.BOOK, Lyovin, Anatole V., An Introduction to the Languages of the World, New York, Oxford University Press, Inc, 1997, 978-0-19-508116-9, 257–58, It is closely related to other Polynesian languages, such as Marquesan, Tahitian, Māori, Rapa Nui (the language of Easter Island), and less closely to Samoan and Tongan.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}According to Schütz, the Marquesans colonized the archipelago in roughly 300 CEBOOK, Schütz, Albert J., The Voices of Eden: A History of Hawaiian Language Studies, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1994, 978-0-8248-1637-7, 334–36; 338 20n, and were later followed by waves of seafarers from the Society Islands, Samoa and Tonga.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}These Polynesians remained in the islands; they eventually became the Hawaiian people and their languages evolved into the Hawaiian language.{{Harvcoltxt|Elbert|Pukui|1979|pp=35–36}}{{full citation needed|date=March 2019}} Kimura and Wilson say, "[l]inguists agree that Hawaiian is closely related to Eastern Polynesian, with a particularly strong link in the Southern Marquesas, and a secondary link in Tahiti, which may be explained by voyaging between the Hawaiian and Society Islands".BOOK, Kimura, Larry, Pila, Wilson, 1983, Native Hawaiian Culture, Native Hawaiian Study Commission Minority Report, 173–203 [185], Washington, United States Department of Interior, Before the arrival of Captain James Cook, the Hawaiian language had no written form. That form was developed mainly by American Protestant missionaries between 1820 and 1826. They assigned to the Hawaiian phonemes letters from the Latin alphabet.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Interest in Hawaiian increased significantly in the late 20th century. With the help of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, specially designated immersion schools in which all subjects would be taught in Hawaiian were established. The University of Hawaii developed a Hawaiian language graduate studies program. Municipal codes were altered to favor Hawaiian place and street names for new civic developments.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}} Hawai'i Sign Language, a sign language for the deaf based on the Hawaiian language, has been in use in the islands since the early 1800s. It is dwindling in numbers due to American Sign Language supplanting HSL through schooling and various other domains.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Hawaiian distinguishes between long and short vowel sounds. In modern practice, vowel length is indicated with a macron (kahakō). Hawaiian-language newspapers (nūpepa) published from 1834 to 1948 and traditional native speakers of Hawaiian generally omit the marks in their own writing. The {{okina}}okina and kahakō are intended to help non-native speakers.{{citation needed|date=March 2015}} The Hawaiian language uses the glottal stop ({{okina}}okina) as a consonant. It is written as a symbol similar to the apostrophe or left-hanging (opening) single quotation mark.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Hawaiian Pidgin

{{unreferenced section|date=May 2015}}(File:Hermann A. Widemann and family, ca. 1860s.jpg|thumb|Mixed Hawaiian/European-American family in Honolulu, 1860s)Some residents of Hawaii speak Hawai{{okina}}i Creole English (HCE), endonymically called pidgin or pidgin English. The lexicon of HCE derives mainly from English but also uses words that have derived from Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Ilocano and Tagalog. During the 19th century, the increase in immigration—mainly from China, Japan, Portugal—especially from the Azores and Madeira, and Spain—catalyzed the development of a hybrid variant of English known to its speakers as pidgin. By the early 20th century, pidgin speakers had children who acquired it as their first language. HCE speakers use some Hawaiian words without those words being considered archaic.{{clarify|date=March 2015}} Most place names are retained from Hawaiian, as are some names for plants and animals. For example, tuna fish is often called by its Hawaiian name, ahi.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}HCE speakers have modified the meanings of some English words. For example, "aunty" and "uncle" may either refer to any adult who is a friend or be used to show respect to an elder. Syntax and grammar follow distinctive rules different from those of General American English. For example, instead of "it is hot today, isn't it?", an HCE speaker would say simply "stay hot, eh?"{{efn|English "to be" is often omitted in Pidgin. In contexts where "to be" is used in General American, "to stay" is preferred. "To stay" may have arisen due to an English calque of the Portuguese (:en:wikt:ser#Portuguese|ser), (:en:wikt:estar#Portuguese|estar), or (:en:wikt:ficar#Portuguese|ficar). Eh? ({{IPA-all|æ̃ː˧˦}}) is a tag question which may have roots in Japanese, which utilizes ね (ne?) to emphasize a point that may be agreed upon by all parties, or may come from Portuguese (:en:wikt:né#Portuguese|né?) (shortened from "(:en:wikt:não é#Portuguese|não é?)"), cf. French (:en:wikt:n'est-ce pas#French|n'est-ce pas ?). Eh? may also have come from English yeah.}} The term da kine is used as a filler; a substitute for virtually any word or phrase. During the surfing boom in Hawaii, HCE was influenced by surfer slang. Some HCE expressions, such as brah and da kine, have found their ways elsewhere through surfing communities.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}


File:Perspective view of northwest elevation - Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola Street, Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI HABS HI-533-1.tif|thumb|alt=The façade of a Christian church in downtown Honolulu.|The Makiki Christian Church in Honolulu heavily draws upon Japanese architectureJapanese architectureChristianity is the most widespread religion in Hawaii, mainly represented by various Protestants, Roman Catholics and Mormons. The second most popular religion is Buddhism, especially among the archipelago's Japanese community. Unaffiliated account for one-quarter of the population.The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew in Honolulu was formally the seat of the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church. When the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, a province of the Anglican Communion, was merged into the Episcopal Church in the 1890s following the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, it became the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii. The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and the Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus serve as seats of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. The Eastern Orthodox community is centered around the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific.The largest denominations by number of adherents were the Roman Catholic Church with 249,619 adherents in 2010,WEB,weblink The Association of Religion Data Archives | State Membership Report,, November 12, 2013, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 68,128 adherents in 2009,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink July 30, 2008, dead, LDS Newsroom Statistical Information,, May 15, 2010, the United Church of Christ with 115 congregations and 20,000 members, and the Southern Baptist Convention with 108 congregations and 18,000 members.WEB,weblink The Association of Religion Data Archives – Maps & Reports, All non-denominational churches have 128 congregations and 32,000 members.According to data provided by religious establishments, religion in Hawaii in 2000 was distributed as follows:WEB,weblink State of Hawaii Data Book 2000, Section 1 Population, Table 1.47,, November 5, 2011, NEWS,weblink Survey shows partial picture, The Honolulu Advertiser, September 21, 2002, November 5, 2011, {{div col|colwidth=30em}} {{div col end}}{{notelist-ua}}A Pew poll found that the religious composition was as follows:{| class="wikitable sortable" font-size:80%;" Religious affiliation in Hawaii (2014)WEB,weblink U.S. Religious Landscape Study – Religious composition of adults in Hawaii, ! Affiliation! colspan="2"|% of Hawai'i's populationChristianity>Christian {{bartable|background:darkblue}} Protestant {{bartable|background:mediumblue}} Evangelical Protestant {{bartable|background:lightblue}} Mainline Protestant {{bartable|background:lightblue}} Black church {{bartable|background:lightblue}} Roman Catholic {{bartable|background:mediumblue}} Mormon {{bartable|background:mediumblue}} Jehovah's Witnesses {{bartable|background:mediumblue}} Eastern Orthodox {{bartable|background:mediumblue}} Other Christian {{bartable|background:mediumblue}}Irreligion>Unaffiliated {{bartable|background:purple}} Nothing in particular {{bartable|background:#A020F0}} Agnostic {{bartable|background:#A020F0}} Atheist {{bartable|background:#A020F0}}| Non-Christian faiths {{bartable|background:darkgreen}} Jewish {{bartable|background:lightgreen}} Muslim {{bartable|background:lightgreen}} Buddhist {{bartable|background:lightgreen}} Hindu {{bartable|background:lightgreen}} Other Non-Christian faiths {{bartable|background:lightgreen}}| Don't know {{bartable|background:#A020F0}}Total >1002background:grey}}

Birth data

Note: Births in table don't add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number.{| class="wikitable"|+ Live births by Single Race/Ethnicity of Mother! Race! 2013WEB, National Vital Statistics Reports Births: Final Data for 2013, 64, 1, January 15, 2015,weblink 18 April 2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ! 2014WEB, National Vital Statistics Reports Births: Final Data for 2014, 64, 12, December 23, 2015,weblink 18 April 2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ! 2015WEB, National Vital Statistics Reports Births: Final Data for 2015, 66, 1, January 5, 2017,weblink 18 April 2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ! 2016WEB, Births: Final Data for 2016,weblink, NVSS, ! 2017WEB, Births: Final Data for 2017,weblink, NVSS, Asian Americans>Asian| 12,203 (64.3%)| 11,535 (62.2%)| 11,443 (62.1%)| 4,616 (25.6%)| 4,653 (26.6%) White Americans>White:| 6,045 (31.8%)| 6,368 (34.3%)| 6,322 (34.3%)| ...| ... Non-Hispanic whites>Non-Hispanic white| 4,940 (26.0%)| 4,881 (26.3%)| 4,803 (26.1%)| 3,649 (20.2%)| 3,407 (19.4%)Pacific Islands Americans>Pacific Islander| ...| ...| ...| 1,747 (9.7%)| 1,684 (9.6%)African Americans>Black| 671 (3.5%)| 617 (3.3%)| 620 (3.3%)| 463 (2.6%)| 406 (2.3%)Native Americans in the United States>American Indian| 68 (0.3%)| 30 (0.2%)| 35 (0.2%)| 28 (0.1%)| 39 (0.2%)Hispanic and Latino Americans>Hispanic (of any race)| 3,003 (15.8%)| 2,764 (14.9%)| 2,775 (15.1%)| 2,766 (15.3%)| 2,672 (15.3%)| Total Hawai'i| 18,987 (100%)| 18,550 (100%)| 18,420 (100%)| 18,059 (100%)| 17,517 (100%)
  • 1) Until 2016, data for births of Asian origin, included also births of the Pacific Islander group. 2) Since 2016, data for births of White Hispanic origin are not collected, but included in one Hispanic group; persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.


Hawaii has had a long history of LGBT identities. Māhū ("in the middle") were a precolonization third gender with traditional spiritual and social roles; māhū were a respected group of people widely regarded as healers. The concept of aikāne referred to homosexual relationships, widely accepted as a normal part of ancient Hawaiian society.BOOK, Stephen O. Murray, Homosexualities,weblink 1 June 2002, University of Chicago Press, 978-0-226-55195-1, 99–, BOOK, William Kornblum, Sociology in a Changing World,weblink 31 January 2011, Cengage Learning, 978-1-111-30157-6, 165, BOOK, Michael Klarman, From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage,weblink 18 October 2012, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-992210-9, 56–, Among men, aikāne relationships often began as teens and continued throughout their adult lives, even if they also maintained heterosexual partners.BOOK, Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures Topics and Cultures A-K - Volume 1; Cultures L-Z -,weblink 31 December 2003, Springer, 978-0-306-47770-6, 207–, While aikāne usually refers to male homosexuality, some stories also refer to women, implying that women may have been involved in aikāne relationships as well.BOOK, Bonnie Zimmerman, Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia,weblink 2000, Taylor & Francis, 978-0-8153-1920-7, 358–, Journals written by Captain Cook's crew record that many ali{{okina}}i (hereditary nobles) also engaged in aikāne relationships, and Kamehameha the Great, the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii, was also known to participate. Cook's second lieutenant and co-astronomer James King observed that "all the chiefs had them", and recounts that Cook was actually asked by one chief to leave King behind, considering the role a great honor.According to Hawaiian scholar Lilikalā Kame{{okina}}eleihiwa, "If you didn't sleep with a man, how could you trust him when you went into battle? How would you know if he was going to be the warrior that would protect you at all costs, if he wasn't your lover?"AV MEDIA, Xian, Kathryn and Brent Anbe (Directors), 2001, Ke Kūlana He Māhū: Remembering a Sense of Place, DVD, During the late 19th and early 20th century, the word aikāne was expurgated of its original sexual meaning by colonialism, and in print simply meant "friend". Nonetheless, in Hawaiian language publications its metaphorical meaning can still mean either "friend" or "lover" without stigmatization.BOOK, Noenoe K. Silva, Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism,weblink 2004, Duke University Press Durham & London, 66, 77, 0822386224, A 2012 poll by Gallup found that Hawaii had the largest proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults in the U.S., at 5.1%, comprising an estimated adult LGBT population of 53,966 individuals. The number of same-sex couple households in 2010 was 3,239; a 35.5% increase of figures from a decade earlier.WEB,weblink LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C., Lowest in North Dakota, February 15, 2013, Gates, Gary J., Newport, Frank, Gallup, Inc., May 9, 2015, WEB,weblink An Estimated 780,000 Americans in Same-Sex Marriages, Gates, Gary J., Newport, Frank, April 24, 2015, May 9, 2015, Gallup, Inc., In 2013, Hawaii became the fifteenth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage; a University of Hawaii researcher reported at the time that the law may have been able to boost tourism by $217 million.NEWS, Hawaii Senate passes gay marriage bill,weblink USA Today, November 13, 2013,


{{See also|Hawaii locations by per capita income}}(File:Pineapple field near Honolulu, Hawaii, 1907 (CHS-418).jpg|thumb|alt=In a pineapple field, a laborer stands with his hat in hand.|Post-annexation, Hawaii's economy and demographic changes were shaped mostly by the agricultural sector's growth.)(File:'Two Surfer Girls' by William Fulton Soare, oil on canvas, c. 1935.JPG|thumb|upright|alt=A painting of two white women surfing, circa 1935.|From the end of World War II onwards, depictions and photographs, such as this, of Hawaii as a tropical, leisure paradise encouraged the growth of tourism in Hawaii, which eventually became the largest industry of the islands.)(File:US Navy 111218-N-RI884-097 The U.S. Pacific Fleet Marching Band participates in a parade through downtown Waikiki honoring Japanese-American vetera.jpg|thumb|alt=An American soldier at Schofield Barracks.|The U.S. federal government's spending on Hawaii-stationed personnel, installations and materiel, either directly or through military personnel spending, amounts to Hawaii's second largest source of income, after tourism.)The history of Hawaii's economy can be traced through a succession of dominant industries: sandalwood,WEB,weblink Hawaii sandalwood trade,, November 5, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 5, 2011, mdy-all, whaling,WEB,weblink Whaling in Hawaii,, June 16, 1999, November 5, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 5, 2011, mdy-all, sugarcane, pineapple, the military, tourism and education. Since statehood in 1959, tourism has been the largest industry, contributing 24.3% of the gross state product (GSP) in 1997, despite efforts to diversify. The state's gross output for 2003 was {{US$|47}}{{nbsp}}billion; per capita income for Hawaii residents in 2014 was {{US$|54,516}}.WEB,weblink Per capita GDF by year, State of Hawaii, August 25, 2016, Hawaiian exports include food and clothing. These industries play a small role in the Hawaiian economy, due to the shipping distance to viable markets, such as the West Coast of the contiguous U.S. The state's food exports include coffee, macadamia nuts, pineapple, livestock, sugarcane and honey.WEB,weblink A History of Honey Bees in the Hawaiian Islands, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink September 8, 2010, dead, mdy-all, By weight, honey bees may be the state's most valuable export.WEB,weblink Hawaii honeybees vie for most valuable export, December 15, 2011, According to the Hawaii Agricultural Statistics Service, agricultural sales were {{US$|370.9}}{{nbsp}}million from diversified agriculture, {{US$|100.6}}{{nbsp}}million from pineapple, and {{US$|64.3}}{{nbsp}}million from sugarcane. Hawaii's relatively consistent climate has attracted the seed industry, which is able to test three generations of crops per year on the islands, compared with one or two on the mainland.NEWS,weblink Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point, April 19, 2014, MailOnline, Associated Press, 18 April 2018, Seeds yielded {{US$|264}} million in 2012, supporting 1,400 workers.NEWS,weblink Unease in Hawaii's Cornfields, Pollack, Andrew, October 7, 2013, October 18, 2014, New York Times, {{as of|2015|December}}, the state's unemployment rate was 3.2%.WEB, Local Area Unemployment Statistics,weblink, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 25, 2016, In 2009, the United States military spent {{US$|12.2}}{{nbsp}}billion in Hawaii, accounting for 18% of spending in the state for that year. 75,000 United States Department of Defense personnel live in Hawaii.NEWS, Associated Press,weblink Study: Military spent $12B in Hawaii in 2009, Military Times, June 1, 2011, According to a 2013 study by Phoenix Marketing International, Hawaii had the fourth-largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States, with a ratio of 7.2%.WEB, Frank, Robert, Top states for millionaires per capita,weblink CNBC, January 22, 2014,


Hawaii residents pay the most per person in state taxes in the United States.WEB,weblink Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii News,, November 30, 2006, November 5, 2011, Millions of tourists pay general excise tax and hotel room tax.The Hawaii Tax Foundation considers the state's tax burden too high, which it says contributes to higher prices and the perception of an unfriendly business climate.State Senator Sam Slom says state taxes are comparatively higher than other states because the state government handles education, health care, and social services that are usually handled at a county or municipal level in most other states.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Hawaii, specifically Honolulu, is high compared to that of most major U.S. cities, although it is 6.7% lower than in New York City and 3.6% lower than in San Francisco.NEWS,weblink Cost of Living Wizard, The New York Times, dead,weblink" title="">weblink September 14, 2008, mdy-all, These numbers may not take into account some costs, such as increased travel costs for flights, additional shipping fees, and the loss of promotional participation opportunities for customers outside the contiguous U.S. While some online stores offer free shipping on orders to Hawaii, many merchants exclude Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and certain other U.S. territories.WEB,weblink Help: About Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, & Puerto Rico Addresses,, 2018-06-18, WEB,weblink (No) free shipping to Hawaii - Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island,, en-US, 2018-06-18, Hawaiian Electric Industries, a privately owned company, provides 95% of the state's population with electricity, mostly from fossil-fuel power stations. Average electricity prices in October 2014 ({{convert|36.41|¢/kWh|¢/kWh|abbr=off|disp=out}}) were nearly three times the national average ({{convert|12.58|¢/kWh|¢/kWh|abbr=off|disp=out}}) and 80% higher than the second-highest state, Connecticut.NEWS, Chesto, Jon, House bill aims to address state's power shortfall,weblink February 8, 2015, The Boston Globe, January 29, 2015, The median home value in Hawaii in the 2000 U.S. Census was {{US$|272,700}}, while the national median home value was {{US$|119,600}}. Hawaii home values were the highest of all states, including California with a median home value of {{US$|211,500}}.WEB,weblink Historic Housing Values,, Research from the National Association of Realtors places the 2010 median sale price of a single family home in Honolulu, Hawaii, at {{US$|607,600}} and the U.S. median sales price at {{US$|173,200}}. The sale price of single family homes in Hawaii was the highest of any U.S. city in 2010, just above that of the Silicon Valley area of California ({{US$|602,000}}).WEB,weblink Metropolitan Median Prices,, February 15, 2005, November 5, 2011, Hawaii's very high cost of living is the result of several interwoven factors of the global economy in addition to domestic U.S. government trade policy. Like other regions with desirable weather throughout the year, such as areas of California, Arizona and Florida, Hawaii's residents can be considered to be subject to a "Sunshine tax". This situation is further exacerbated by the natural factors of geography and world distribution that lead to higher prices for goods due to increased shipping costs, a problem which many island states and territories suffer from as well.The higher costs to ship goods across an ocean may be further increased by the requirements of the Jones Act, which generally requires that goods be transported between places within the U.S., including between the mainland U.S. west coast and Hawaii, using only U.S.-owned, built, and crewed ships. Jones Act-compliant vessels are often more expensive to build and operate than foreign equivalents, which can drive up shipping costs. While the Jones Act does not affect transportation of goods to Hawaii directly from Asia, this type of trade is nonetheless not common; this is a result of other primarily economic reasons including additional costs associated with stopping over in Hawaii (e.g. pilot and port fees), the market size of Hawaii, and the economics of using ever-larger ships that cannot be handled in Hawaii for transoceanic voyages. Therefore, Hawaii relies on receiving most inbound goods on Jones Act-qualified vessels originating from the U.S. west coast, which may contribute to the increased cost of some consumer goods and therefore the overall cost of living.WEB,weblink Keeping up with the Jones Act, August 2012, Hawaii Business Magazine, PacificBasin Communications, Honolulu, HI,weblink" title="">weblink August 23, 2012, live, March 14, 2014, WEB,weblink Jones Act Does Not Bar International Trade From Hawaii, Hansen, Michael, October 3, 2013, Hawai'i Free Press, Honolulu, Hawai'i, July 28, 2018, Hawaiian consumers ultimately bear the expense of transporting goods imposed by the Jones Act. This law makes Hawaii less competitive than West Coast ports as a shopping destination for tourists from countries with much higher taxes like Japan, even though prices for Asian-manufactured goods should be cheaper because Hawaii is much closer than mainland states to Asia.NEWS,weblink U.S.-only shipping rule praised, blasted; Backers and foes of the Jones Act make their case before the Legislature, Russ, Lynch, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 4, 1997, Honolulu, HI, Black Press, Black Press Group Ltd, 0439-5271, {{OCLC, 9188300, 433678262, 232117605, 2268098, |accessdate=May 5, 2012}}WEB,weblink SR11.DOC, Sam, Slom, Sam Slom, Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu, HI, Hawaii State Legislature, 2012, May 5, 2012, 2012 resolution introduced requesting Congress to exempt Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and Puerto Rico from the Jones Act.


The aboriginal culture of Hawaii is Polynesian. Hawaii represents the northernmost extension of the vast Polynesian Triangle of the south and central Pacific Ocean. While traditional Hawaiian culture remains as vestiges in modern Hawaiian society, there are re-enactments of the ceremonies and traditions throughout the islands. Some of these cultural influences, including the popularity (in greatly modified form) of lū{{okina}}au and hula, are strong enough to affect the wider United States.


File:Man with a Yoke Carrying Taro by Joseph Strong, oil on canvas board, 1880, Honolulu Museum of Art, accession 12692.1.JPG|thumb|upright|alt=A painting of a man carrying taro by a yoke.|TaroTaroThe cuisine of Hawaii is a fusion of many foods brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, including the earliest Polynesians and Native Hawaiian cuisine, and American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian, Puerto Rican, and Portuguese origins. Plant and animal food sources are imported from around the world for agricultural use in Hawaii. Poi, a starch made by pounding taro, is one of the traditional foods of the islands. Many local restaurants serve the ubiquitous plate lunch, which features two scoops of rice, a simplified version of American macaroni salad and a variety of toppings including hamburger patties, a fried egg, and gravy of a loco moco, Japanese style tonkatsu or the traditional lū{{okina}}au favorites, including kālua pork and laulau. Spam musubi is an example of the fusion of ethnic cuisine that developed on the islands among the mix of immigrant groups and military personnel. In the 1990s, a group of chefs developed Hawaii regional cuisine as a contemporary fusion cuisine.

Customs and etiquette

Some key customs and etiquette in Hawaii are as follows: when visiting a home, it is considered good manners to bring a small gift for one's host (for example, a dessert). Thus, parties are usually in the form of potlucks. Most locals take their shoes off before entering a home. It is customary for Hawaiian families, regardless of ethnicity, to hold a luau to celebrate a child's first birthday. It is also customary at Hawaiian weddings, especially at Filipino weddings, for the bride and groom to do a money dance (also called the pandanggo). Print media and local residents recommend that one refer to non-Hawaiians as "locals of Hawaii" or "people of Hawaii".

Hawaiian mythology

(File:Ethnologisches Museum Dahlem Berlin Mai 2006 009.jpg|thumb|upright|A stone carving of a Hawaiian deity, housed at a German museum)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 that developed a unique character for several centuries before circa 1800. It is associated with the Hawaiian religion, which was officially suppressed in the 19th century but was kept alive by some practitioners to the modern day.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}} Prominent figures and terms include Aumakua, the spirit of an ancestor or family god and Kāne, the highest of the four major Hawaiian deities.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Polynesian mythology

File:Tahiti-Oro.jpg|thumb|upright|A sacred god figure wrapping for the war god 'Oro, made of woven dried coconut fibre (sennitsennitPolynesian mythology is the oral traditions of the people of Polynesia, a grouping of Central and South Pacific Ocean island archipelagos in the Polynesian triangle together with the scattered cultures known as the Polynesian outliers. Polynesians speak languages that descend from a language reconstructed as Proto-Polynesian that was probably spoken in the area around Tonga and Samoa in around 1000 BCE.BOOK, Kirch, Patrick Vinton, Hawaiki, Ancestral Polynesia: An Essay in Historical Anthropology, 2001, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-78309-5, 99–119, Roger Green, Prior to the 15th century, Polynesian people migrated east to the Cook Islands, and from there to other island groups such as Tahiti and the Marquesas. Their descendants later discovered the islands Tahiti, Rapa Nui and later the Hawaiian Islands and New Zealand.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}The Polynesian languages are part of the Austronesian language family. Many are close enough in terms of vocabulary and grammar to be mutually intelligible. There are also substantial cultural similarities between the various groups, especially in terms of social organization, childrearing, horticulture, building and textile technologies. Their mythologies in particular demonstrate local reworkings of commonly shared tales. The Polynesian cultures each have distinct but related oral traditions; legends or myths are traditionally considered to recount ancient history (the time of "pō") and the adventures of gods ("atua") and deified ancestors.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

List of state parks

There are many Hawaiian state parks.


The literature of Hawaii is diverse and includes authors Kiana Davenport, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and Kaui Hart Hemmings. Hawaiian magazines include Hana Hou!, Hawaii Business Magazine and Honolulu, among others.


File:Bonnaroo08 jackjohnson2 lg.jpg|thumb|Jack Johnson, folk rock musician, was born and raised on Oahu's North Shore.]]File:Chã das Caldeiras-Musicien.jpg|thumb|left|upright|alt=A young man holds a small four-stringed instrument and strums.|A young Cape Verdean man plays the Portuguese cavaquinho, a four-stringed instrument from which the {{okina}}ukulele is descended]]The music of Hawaii includes 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 such as 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 guitar.Unterberger, pp. 465–73Traditional Hawaiian folk music is a major part of the state's musical heritage. The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and have retained much of their traditional musical knowledge. Their music is largely religious in nature, and includes chanting and dance music.Hawaiian music has had an enormous impact on the music of other Polynesian islands; according to Peter Manuel, the influence of Hawaiian music a "unifying factor in the development of modern Pacific musics".Manuel, pp. 236–41 Native Hawaiian musician and Hawaiian sovereignty activist Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, famous for his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World", was named "The Voice of Hawaii" by NPR in 2010 in its 50 great voices series.WEB, Kamakawiwo, Israel,weblink Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii, NPR, December 6, 2010, April 16, 2017,


File:Surfing contest - oahu hawaii - north shore - oct 2015.ogv|thumb|thumbtime=6|right|Surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture of Hawaii. Catching waves at a surfing contest on the North Shore of OahuOahuSurfing has been a central part of Polynesian culture for centuries. Since the late 19th century, Hawaii has become a major site for surfists from around the world. Notable competitions include the Triple Crown of Surfing and The Eddie.The only NCAA Division I team in Hawaii is the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine, which competes at the Big West Conference (major sports), Mountain West Conference (football) and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (minor sports). There are three teams in NCAA Division II: Chaminade Silverswords, Hawaii Pacific Sharks and Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans, all of which compete at the Pacific West Conference.Notable college sports events in Hawaii include the Maui Invitational Tournament, Diamond Head Classic (basketball) and Hawaii Bowl (football).Notable professional teams include The Hawaiians, which played at the World Football League in 1974 and 1975; the Hawaii Islanders, a Triple-A minor league baseball team that played at the Pacific Coast League from 1961 to 1987; and Team Hawaii, a North American Soccer League team that played in 1977.Hawaii has hosted the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament since 1965, the Tournament of Champions golf tournament since 1999, the Lotte Championship golf tournament since 2012, the Honolulu Marathon since 1973, the Ironman World Championship triathlon race since 1978, the Ultraman triathlon since 1983, the National Football League's Pro Bowl from 1980 to 2016, the 2000 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, and the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship and 2012 Hawaiian Islands Invitational soccer tournaments.


File:Punaluu Beach Park, Big Island, Hawaii.jpg|thumb| Punalu'u Beach on the Big Island. Tourism is Hawaii's leading employer.]]Tourism is an important part of the Hawaiian economy. In 2003, according to state government data, there were over 6.4 million visitors, with expenditures of over $10 billion, to the Hawaiian Islands.JOURNAL, Hawaii State DBEDT, Overview of All Visitors, Summary of 2003 Visitors to Hawaii, 2003, 2,weblink February 23, 2012, Due to the mild year-round weather, tourist travel is popular throughout the year. The major holidays are the most popular times for outsiders to visit, especially in the winter months. Substantial numbers of Japanese tourists still visit the islands but have now been surpassed by Chinese and Koreans due to the collapse of the value of the Yen and the weak Japanese economy. The average Japanese stays only 5 days while other Asians spend over 9.5 days and spend 25% more.WEB,weblink Tourism stats,, Hawaii hosts numerous cultural events. The annual Merrie Monarch Festival is an international Hula competition.NEWS,weblink Merrie Monarch Festival 2005, The Honolulu Advertiser, May 15, 2010, The Hawaii International Film Festival is the premier film festival for Pacific rim cinema.JOURNAL,weblink Hawaii International Film Festival: Kinship through cinema, Travel Weekly, Shane, Nelson, August 8, 2011, May 10, 2012, 60626324, Honolulu hosts the state's long-running LGBT film festival, the Rainbow Film Festival.WEB,weblink 19th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival at Doris Duke Theatre: Honolulu Hawaii Nightlife Event Guide,, May 15, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 27, 2009, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features,, May 29, 2001, November 5, 2011,


{{As of|2009}}, Hawaii's health care system insures 92% of residents. Under the state's plan, businesses are required to provide insurance to employees who work more than twenty hours per week. Heavy regulation of insurance companies helps reduce the cost to employers. Due in part to heavy emphasis on preventive care, Hawaiians require hospital treatment less frequently than the rest of the United States, while total health care expenses measured as a percentage of state GDP are substantially lower.{{citation needed|date=June 2014}} Proponents of universal health care elsewhere in the U.S. sometimes use Hawaii as a model for proposed federal and state health care plans.{{citation needed|date=June 2014}}


Public schools

{{See also|List of elementary schools in Hawaii|List of middle schools in Hawaii|List of high schools in Hawaii}}File:Waianae High School (5888481033).jpg|thumb|alt=Façade of a public high school.|Waianae High School, located in Wai{{okina}}anae, houses an educational community media center.]]Hawaii has the only school system within the U.S. that is unified statewide. Policy decisions are made by the fourteen-member state Board of Education, which sets policy and hires the superintendent of schools, who oversees the state Department of Education. The Department of Education is divided into seven districts; four on O{{okina}}ahu and one for each of the other three counties. The main rationale for centralization is to combat inequalities between highly populated O{{okina}}ahu and the more rural Neighbor Islands, and between lower-income and more affluent areas.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Public elementary, middle and high school test scores in Hawaii are below national averages on tests mandated under the No Child Left Behind Act. The Hawaii Board of Education requires all eligible students to take these tests and report all student test scores. This may have unbalanced the results that reported in August 2005 that of 282 schools across the state, 185 failed to reach federal minimum performance standards in mathematics and reading.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink March 18, 2007, Two-Thirds Of Hawaii Schools Do Not Meet Requirements – Education News Story – KITV Honolulu,, August 18, 2005, May 15, 2010, The ACT college placement tests show that in 2005, seniors scored slightly above the national average (21.9 compared with 20.9),Honolulu Advertiser, August 17, 2005, p.{{nbsp}}B1 but in the widely accepted SAT examinations, Hawaii's college-bound seniors tend to score below the national average in all categories except mathematics.

Private schools

Hawaii has the highest rates of private school attendance in the nation.JOURNAL,weblink Boeing, G., Honolulu Rail Transit: International Lessons in Linking Form, Design, and Transportation, Planext, 2016, 2, 28–47, April 29, 2016, During the 2011–2012 school year, Hawaii public and charter schools had an enrollment of 181,213,WEB,weblink News – Official 2011–12 Public and Charter School Enrollment, Hawai'i Department of Education, Honolulu, HI, Hawaii Public Schools, October 12, 2011, May 12, 2012, while private schools had 37,695.WEB,weblink Private School Enrollment Report 2011–2012, Jordan, Cynthia, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Honolulu, HI, October 10, 2011, 3, May 12, 2012, Private schools educated over 17% of students in Hawaii that school year, nearly three times the approximate national average of 6%.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink September 19, 2009, Projections of Education Statistics to 2018, Hussar, William J., Bailey, Tabitha M., National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC, September 11, 2009, 6 (22 out of 68), May 12, 2012, It has four of the largest independent schools; {{okina}}Iolani School, Kamehameha Schools, Mid-Pacific Institute and Punahou School. Pacific Buddhist Academy, the second Buddhist high school in the U.S. and first such school in Hawaii, was founded in 2003. The first native controlled public charter school was the Kanu O Ka Aina New Century Charter School.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Independent and charter schools can select their students, while the public schools are open to all students in their district. The Kamehameha Schools are the only schools in the U.S. that openly grant admission to students based on ancestry; collectively, they are one of the wealthiest schools in the United States, if not the world, having over eleven billion US dollars in estate assets.WEB,weblink Kamehameha Schools 2013–2014 Annual Report, September 28, 2015, In 2005, Kamehameha enrolled 5,398 students, 8.4% of the Native Hawaiian children in the state.WEB
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Colleges and universities

{{See also|List of colleges and universities in Hawaii}}File:University of Hawaii at Hilo.jpg|thumb|right| Main Entrance of the University of Hawaii at HiloUniversity of Hawaii at HiloThe largest institution of higher learning in Hawaii is the University of Hawaii System, which consists of the research university at Mānoa, two comprehensive campuses at Hilo and West O{{okina}}ahu, and seven community colleges. Private universities include Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University, and Wayland Baptist University. Saint Stephen Diocesan Center is a seminary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. Kona hosts the University of the Nations, which is not an accredited university.

PÅ«nana Leo

First opened in 1984 illegally in Kekaha, Kaua'i, the Pūnana Leo or "Language Nest" (lit. "Nest of Voices") were the first indigenous language immersion schools in the United States. Modelled after the Māori language Kōhanga reo of New Zealand, they provide preschool aged children the opportunity to engage in early education through a Hawaiian language medium, generally taught by elders. Graduates from the Pūnana Leo schools have achieved several measures of academic success in later life. As of 2006, there were a total of eleven Pūnana Leo preschools, with locations on five of the islands.{{citation needed|date=October 2017}}


{{See also|Hawaii Department of Transportation|List of airports in Hawaii|Aviation in Hawaii}}(File:HonoluluAirportWelcomeSign.jpg|thumb|The main welcome sign for Honolulu Airport)A system of state highways encircles each main island. Only O{{okina}}ahu has federal highways, and is the only area outside the contiguous 48 states to have signed Interstate highways. Narrow, winding roads and congestion in populated places can slow traffic. Each major island has a public bus system.Honolulu International Airport (IATA:{{nbsp}}HNL), which shares runways with the adjacent Hickam Field (IATA:{{nbsp}}HIK), is the major commercial aviation hub of Hawaii. The commercial aviation airport offers intercontinental service to North America, Asia, Australia and Oceania. Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines and go! use jets to provide services between the large airports in Honolulu, Līhu{{okina}}e, Kahului, Kona and Hilo. Island Air and Pacific Wings serve smaller airports. These airlines also provide air freight services between the islands. On May 30, 2017, the airport was officially renamed as the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), after U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.WEB,weblink Department of Transportation – Hawaii's biggest airport officially renamed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport,, Until air passenger services began in the 1920s,WEB,weblink Inter-Island Airways/Hawaiian Airlines – Hawaii Aviation, William J., Horvat, Hawaii's Aviation History, Honolulu, HI, State of Hawaii, May 5, 2012, private boats were the sole means of traveling between the islands. Seaflite operated hydrofoils between the major islands in the mid-1970s.NEWS, Cataluna, Lee, Nothing Smooth On Seaflite, The Honolulu Advertiser, December 23, 2005,weblink The Hawaii Superferry operated between O{{okina}}ahu and Maui between December 2007 and March 2009, with additional routes planned for other islands. Protests and legal problems over environmental impact statements ended the service, though the company operating Superferry has expressed a wish to recommence ferry services in the future.NEWS, Honolulu Star-Bulletin,weblink Aloha, Superferry Alakai leaves Hawaii to find job, Honolulu, HI, Black Press, Black Press Group Ltd, 0439-5271, {{OCLC, 9188300, 433678262, 232117605, 2268098, |date= March 29, 2009}} Currently there is a passenger ferry service in Maui County between Lana{{okina}}i and Maui,WEB,weblink Expeditions: Maui – Lanaʻi Ferry Service, May 5, 2012, which does not take vehicles; a passenger ferry to Molokai ended in 2016.WEB,weblink Molokai ferry ends service this month, Currently Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises provide passenger cruise ship services between the larger islands.WEB,weblink Hawaii Cruises Cruise Overview | Hawaii Cruises Cruise Destinations & Vacation Packages, Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami-Dade County, FL, Norwegian Cruise Line, May 5, 2012, WEB,weblink Hawaii, Tahiti, & South Pacific Cruises, Princess Cruises, Santa Clarita, CA, Princess Cruises, May 5, 2012,


At one time Hawaii had a network of railroads on each of the larger islands that transported farm commodities and passengers. Most were {{RailGauge|3ft}} narrow gauge systems but there were some {{RailGauge|2ft6in}} gauge on some of the smaller islands. The standard gauge in the U.S. is {{RailGauge|4ft8.5in}}. By far the largest railroad was the Oahu Railway and Land Company (OR&L) that ran lines from Honolulu across the western and northern part of Oahu.BOOK, Hawaiian Railway Album – WW II Photographs Vol 2, Norton Jr., Victor, Treiber, Gale E., 2005, Railroad Press, Hanover, PA, The OR&L was important for moving troops and goods during World War II. Traffic on this line was busy enough for signals to be used to facilitate movement of trains and to require wigwag signals at some railroad crossings for the protection of motorists. The main line was officially abandoned in 1947, although part of it was bought by the U.S. Navy and operated until 1970. {{convert|13|mi|km|spell=In}} of track remain; preservationists occasionally run trains over a portion of this line. The Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project aims to add elevated passenger rail on Oahu to relieve highway congestion.


Political subdivisions and local government

{{see also|List of counties in Hawaii}}The movement of the Hawaiian royal family from Hawai{{okina}}i Island to Maui, and subsequently to O{{okina}}ahu, explains the modern-day distribution of population centers. Kamehameha III chose the largest city, Honolulu, as his capital because of its natural harbor—the present-day Honolulu Harbor. Now the state capital, Honolulu is located along the southeast coast of O{{okina}}ahu. The previous capital was Lahaina, Maui, and before that Kailua-Kona, Hawai{{okina}}i. Some major towns are Hilo; Kāne{{okina}}ohe; Kailua; Pearl City; Waipahu; Kahului; Kailua-Kona. Kīhei; and Līhu{{okina}}e.Hawaii comprises five counties: the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii County, Maui County, Kauai County, and Kalawao County.Hawaii has the fewest local governments among U.S. states.WEB,weblink Number of Local Governments by Type, U.S. Census Bureau, December 4, 2015, WEB,weblink Hawaii, U.S. Census Bureau, December 4, 2015, Unique to this state is the lack of municipal governments. All local governments are generally administered at the county level. The only incorporated area in the state is Honolulu County, a consolidated city–county that governs the entire island of Oahu. County executives are referred to as mayors; these are the Mayor of Hawaii County, Mayor of Honolulu, Mayor of Kaua{{okina}}i, and the Mayor of Maui. The mayors are all elected in nonpartisan elections. Kalawao County has no elected government,WEB,weblink Hawaii's 4 (or 5) Counties, January 22, 2014, and as mentioned above there are no local school districts and instead all local public education is administered at the state level by the Hawaii Department of Education. The remaining local governments are special districts.

State government

{{see|Category:State agencies of Hawaii}}File:Washington Place Honolulu HI.jpg|thumb|The Governor of Hawaii officially resides at Washington PlaceWashington PlaceThe state government of Hawaii is modeled after the federal government with adaptations originating from the kingdom era of Hawaiian history. As codified in the Constitution of Hawaii, there are three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The executive branch is led by the Governor of Hawaii, who is assisted by the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, both of whom are elected on the same ticket. The governor is the only state public official elected statewide; all others are appointed by the governor. The lieutenant governor acts as the Secretary of State. The governor and lieutenant governor oversee twenty agencies and departments from offices in the State Capitol. The official residence of the governor is Washington Place.The legislative branch consists of the bicameral Hawaii State Legislature, which is composed of the 51-member Hawaii House of Representatives led by the Speaker of the House, and the 25-member Hawaii Senate led by the President of the Senate. The Legislature meets at the State Capitol. The unified judicial branch of Hawaii is the Hawaii State Judiciary. The state's highest court is the Supreme Court of Hawaii, which uses Ali{{okina}}iōlani Hale as its chambers.

Federal government

File:Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg|Senator Brian SchatzFile:Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg|Senator Mazie HironoFile:Ed Case, Official Portrait, 116th Congress 2.jpg|Representative Ed Case (HI-1)File:Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg|Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)Hawaii is represented in the United States Congress by two senators and two representatives. {{As of|2019}}, all four seats are held by Democrats. Former representative Ed Case was elected in 2018 to the 1st congressional district. Tulsi Gabbard represents the 2nd congressional district, representing the rest of the state, which is largely rural and semi-rural.WEB, About Tulsi,weblink, October 26, 2016, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 27, 2016, mdy-all, Brian Schatz is the senior United States Senator from Hawaii. He was appointed to the office on December 26, 2012, by Governor Neil Abercrombie, following the death of former senator Daniel Inouye. The state's junior senator is Mazie Hirono, the former representative from the second congressional district. Hirono is the first female Asian American senator and the first Buddhist senator. Hawaii incurred the biggest seniority shift between the 112th and 113th Congresses. The state went from a delegation consisting of senators who were first and twenty-first in seniority{{efn|Senator Inouye, who ranked first in seniority, died in December 2012. Senator Daniel Akaka, who ranked 21st of the Senate's one hundred members, retired in January 2013 after serving twenty-three years in the Senate.}} to their respective replacements, relative newcomers Schatz and Hirono.WEB, Blackwell, Sarah,weblink msnbc's The Daily Rundown, 23 December 2009, accessed 6 January 2012,, January 4, 2013, January 6, 2013, Federal officials in Hawaii are based at the Prince Kūhiō Federal Building near the Aloha Tower and Honolulu Harbor. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and the Secret Service maintain their offices there; the building is also the site of the federal District Court for the District of Hawaii and the United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii.


{{See also|Political party strength in Hawaii|United States presidential elections in Hawaii}}File:John Richardson and David Ige 161207-N-AT895-171 (30656444724).jpg|thumb|Governor David Ige with U.S. Navy admiral John Richardson at the 75th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, 2016]]Since gaining statehood and participating in its first election in{{nbsp}}1960, Hawaii has supported Democrats in all but two presidential elections; 1972 and{{nbsp}}1984, both of which were landslide reelection victories for Republicans Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan respectively. In Hawaii's statehood tenure, only Minnesota has supported Republican candidates fewer times in presidential elections. The 2016 Cook Partisan Voting Index ranks Hawaii as the most heavily Democratic state in the nation.WEB,weblink 2016 State PVI Changes, Decision Desk HQ,weblink June 13, 2018, dead, mdy-all, Hawaii hasn't elected a Republican to represent the state in the U.S. Senate since Hiram Fong in 1970; since 1977, both of the state's U.S. Senators have been Democrats.NEWS, Kaste, Martin,weblink Can A Republican Win A Senate Seat In Blue Hawaii?, NPR, September 13, 2012, May 17, 2015, NEWS, Bernstein, Adam,weblink Hiram Fong Dies; One of First Hawaiian Senators, Washington Post, August 19, 2004, May 17, 2015, In 2004, John Kerry won the state's four electoral votes by a margin of nine percentage points with 54% of the vote. Every county supported the Democratic candidate. In 1964, favorite son candidate senator Hiram Fong of Hawaii sought the Republican presidential nomination, while Patsy Mink ran in the Oregon primary in 1972.Honolulu-born Barack Obama, then serving as United States Senator from Illinois, was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008 and was re-elected for a second term on November 6, 2012. Obama had won the Hawaii Democratic caucus on February 19, 2008, with 76% of the vote. He was the third Hawaii-born candidate to seek the nomination of a major party and the first presidential nominee from Hawaii.WEB, Rudin, Ken,weblink NPR's Political Junkie,, December 23, 2009, May 15, 2010, WEB,weblink Asian Writer Ponders First Asian President Too,, October 29, 2008, May 15, 2010,

State police

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that does not maintain a separate, state-wide police force. Instead, state law enforcement responsibilities are taken on by the municipal police agencies of the four main islands. Forensic services for all agencies in the state are provided by the Honolulu Police Department.BOOK, R Spencer Kidd, UNIFORMS OF THE U.S. STATE POLICE & HIGHWAY PATROLS,weblink 23 November 2012,, 978-1-4717-7729-5, 33–,

Hawaiian sovereignty movement

File:Iolani Palace.JPG|thumb|The {{okina}}Iolani Palace in HonoluluHonoluluWhile Hawaii is internationally recognized as a state of the United States while also being broadly accepted as such in mainstream understanding, the legality of this status has been questioned in U.S. District Court, the U.N., and other international forums. Domestically, the debate is a topic covered in the Kamehameha Schools curriculum, and in classes at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.University of Hawaii at Manoa Retrieved November 24, 2017.Political organizations seeking some form of sovereignty for Hawaii have been active since the late 19th century. Generally, their focus is on self-determination and self-governance, either for Hawaii as an independent nation (in many proposals, for "Hawaiian nationals" descended from subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom or declaring themselves as such by choice), or for people of whole or part native Hawaiian ancestry in an indigenous "nation to nation" relationship akin to tribal sovereignty with US federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. In the 2000s, it was found that the large majority of Hawaiian residents opposed the Akaka Bill.WEB,weblink Hawaiians Weigh Options as Native-Status Bill Stalls, The New York Times, 2006-06-11, 2018-07-03,weblink Ka Lahui Hawai'i: Akaka Bill Has Plenty of Vocal Opposition. March 8, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2018. Opponents to the tribal approach argue it is not a legitimate path to Hawaiian nationhood; they also argue that the U.S. government should not be involved in re-establishing Hawaiian sovereigntyweblink Towards Hawaiian Independence: Native Americans warn Native Hawaiians of the dangers of Federal Recognition. Imani Altemus-Williams. December 7, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2018weblink Is Hawai'i an Occupied State? 'Umi Perkins. January 16, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2018.The Hawaiian sovereignty movement views the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 as illegal, and views the subsequent annexation of Hawaii by the United States as illegal; the movement seeks some form of greater autonomy for Hawaii, such as free association or independence from the United States."The Rape of Paradise: The Second Century Hawai'ians Grope Toward Sovereignty As The U.S. President Apologizes", Perceptions Magazine, March/April 1996, p. 18-25NEWS,weblink As Feds Hold Hearings, Native Hawaiians Press Sovereignty Claims, August 12, 2014, Government Executive, Government Executive, Grass, Michael, October 29, 2015, BOOK, {{google books, y, mn8TAgAAQBAJ, 294, |title=The United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement||year=2010|isbn=978-0-557-32373-9|page=294|author=United States Social Forum. Book Committee}}BOOK, {{google books, y, 8ep_MtL5BacC, 153, |title=Hawaii – The Fake State|publisher=Trafford Publishing|year=2008|isbn=978-1-4251-7524-5|page=153|author=Aran Alton Ardaiz}}Some groups also advocate some form of redress from the United States for the 1893 overthrow of Queen Lili{{okina}}uokalani, and for what is described as a prolonged military occupation beginning with the 1898 annexation. The Apology Resolution passed by US Congress in 1993 is cited as a major impetus by the movement for Hawaiian sovereignty. The sovereignty movement considers Hawaii to be an illegally occupied nation.BOOK, United States Social Forum. Book Committee, The United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement, {{google books, y, mn8TAgAAQBAJ, 294, |year=2010||isbn=978-0-557-32373-9|page=294}}BOOK, Aran Alton Ardaiz, Hawaii - The Fake State, {{google books, y, 8ep_MtL5BacC, 153, |year=2008|publisher=Trafford Publishing|isbn=978-1-4251-7524-5|page=153}}

International sister cities

  • {{Flagicon|Ehime}} Ehime, JapanWEB, International exchange activated with globalization, Ehime Prefecture,weblink 27 October 2018, live,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2018, dmy-all,
  • {{Flagicon|Fukuoka}} Fukuoka, JapanWEB, ハワイアンフェスティバル in 福岡 2018, Fukuoka Prefecture,weblink Japanese, live,weblink" title="">weblink 14 April 2019, dmy-all,
  • {{Flagicon|Hiroshima}} Hiroshima, JapanWEB, 広島県・ハワイ州友好提携20周年記念(展示会) 広島から世界へ―移住の歴史と日系人の暮らし― を開催しました。, Hiroshima Prefecture,weblink Japanese, live,weblink 14 April 2019, dmy-all,
  • {{Flagicon|Hokkaido}} Hokkaido, JapanWEB, Hokkaido Sister City and Affiliated Regions Round Table Meeting, Hokkaido,weblink 5 March 2019, live,weblink" title="">weblink 5 March 2019, dmy-all,
  • {{Flagicon|Okinawa}} Okinawa, JapanWEB, 沖縄・ハワイ州姉妹提携30周年記念式典(10月9æ—¥), Okinawa Prefecture,weblink Japanese, live,weblink 14 April 2019, dmy-all,

See also





  • BOOK, {{google books, y, pKBhBxgKxs8C, |title=The Gifts of Civilization: Germs and Genocide in Hawai?i|last=Bushnell|first=Oswald A.|publisher=University of Hawaii Press|year=1993|isbn=978-0-8248-1457-1}}
  • BOOK, {{google books, y, rzNydGYX3jQC, |title=The Specter of Communism in Hawaii|last=Holmes|first=T. Michael|publisher=University of Hawaii Press|year=1994|isbn=978-0-8248-1550-9}}
  • Russ Jr., William Adam. The Hawaiian Republic (1894–98) and Its Struggle to Win Annexation. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1961.
  • NEWS,weblink The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii, Schamel, Wynell, 2016-08-15, National Archives, 2017-10-10, Schamel, Charles E., en,
  • Schamel, Wynell and Charles E. Schamel. "The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawai{{okina}}i." Social Education 63, 7 (November/December 1999): 402–08.
  • JOURNAL, Stokes, John F. G., 1932-10-12, Spaniards and the Sweet Potato in Hawaii and Hawaiian-American Contacts, American Anthropologist, en, 34, 4, 594–600, 10.1525/aa.1932.34.4.02a00050, 1548-1433,

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