Hawaii is the newest states of the US, becoming the 50th US state on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is a unique US state because it is the only state made up completely of islands. Hawaii has eight main islands, namely: Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Oahu, Niihau and Kauai. The islands stretch to as long as 1,800 kilometers from Nihoa to Kure. According to the newest census, the state’s population is estimated at 1,283,388. The natives are ethnologically part of the Polynesian group coming from Oceania. The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu.
Hawaii is the only US state located in the tropics, thus called the ‘Aloha State’ or ‘Paradise of the Pacific’. The Hawaiian Islands have volcanic origins and its waters are filled with beautiful coral reefs. The waters and reefs are 84 million acres vast. The waters are filled with many exotic fish and marine species. Aside from this, it has lush green plans, flowers of many colors, white sand and coral beaches, and abundant sunshine. It is easy to get lost in the charms of the islands.
Tourism is Hawaii’s biggest source of income, although it also makes a large part of its income by exporting its chief products such as pineapple, cane sugar, bananas, coffee beans, macadamia nuts, and different kinds of flowers.
Famous tourist spots in Hawaii are: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Waikiki Beach, Honaunau National Historical Park, Polynesian Cultural Center and the USS Arizona & the USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor.