About Hawaiian Islands

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The Hawaiian Islands (Hawaiian: Mokupuni o Hawai‘i) consist of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and undersea seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll.

The main Hawaiian Islands for tourist travel are the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai

Formerly the group was known to Europeans and Americans as the "Sandwich Islands", a name chosen by James Cook in honor of the then First Lord of the Admiralty John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The contemporary name is derived from the name of the main island, Hawaii Island.

The Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893 and the United States annexed the islands in 1898.  Hawaii became the 50th State of the United States in 1959.  The US "State of Hawaii" now occupies the archipelago almost in its entirety (including the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), with the sole exception of Midway Island, which is instead an unincorporated territory within the United States Minor Outlying Islands.

The Hawaiian Islands are the exposed peaks of a great undersea mountain range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain, formed by volcanic activity over a hotspot in the Earth's mantle. The islands are about 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent.

Wikipedia contributors. "Hawaiian Islands." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 Jul. 2015. Web. 25 Jul. 2015

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Hawaii (Big Island)

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Hawaiʻi
, also called the Island of Hawaiʻi, the Big Island, or
Hawaiʻi Island is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands in the North Pacific Ocean. 

Highest Elevation: 13,803 ft (4,207.2m).   Highest Point: Mauna Kea

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Kauai

Kauai is the northwestern most of Hawaii's major islands. Nicknamed the Garden Island, it is covered with lush greenery and tropical plants, watered regularly by abundant rainfall. As the oldest of the islands, it has been changed the most by the forces of erosion, and this has resulted in natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. As a consequence of its age, Kauai also has more miles of sandy coastline than the other Hawaiian islands.

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Lanai

The only city on Lanai is Lanai City. For the most part, if one needs something, Lanai City is the only place they will find it.

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Maui

The island of Maui is the second largest of the eight major islands.

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Molokai

Moloka'i is the fifth largest island of the major Hawaiian Islands and is the third oldest. Molokai is considered "The Most Hawaiian Island" with the most native Hawaiians per capita. Also called "The Friendly Island" because of the aloha from the residents.

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