Hawaii is the newest of the 50 US states (August 21, 1959).
Capital – HonoluluLargest city – Honolulu28, 311 sq. km41% water
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Traditionally, Hawaii is known as the “ Big Island”.
A Brief History of Hawaii AD 500-700 – settled by Polynesians from the Marquesa Islands11-14th centuries – Tahitians took over islands300,000 Hawaiians lived on islands when Captain Cook arrived1778 – Captain Cook landed in Waimea, Kauai. 1810 – King Kamehamela unified islands for first time The Polynesian Islands
Canoes A deck bridged two hullsfor longer voyages. Built with tools of stone, bone, and coralsDug out of tree trunks or planks sewn togetherSails made from coconut or pandulus leaves woven togetherCould travel 2000 miles (Hawaii to Tahiti)Faster than Captain Cook’s shipsNo navigational equipment
Captain Cook British sailor3 voyages to Pacific1778 landed in Waimea, Kaua'I; received in peace1778 – returned to distrusting Hawaiians; perished on the beach HMS Resolution
Hawaii is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches. The islands have every type of beach: white, black, green and red sand beaches; romantic bays and beach parks for the family.
The Major Industries The major industry is tourism.The major products are sugarcane and pineapple.
Population – 1, 288, 198 (2008)under 18 – 26, 1%from 18 to 24 – 8, 2%from 25 to 44 – 26, 2%from 45 to 64 – 26%65 or older – 13, 5%median age – 39 years
The Island is home to one of the United States’ largest cattle ranches – Parker Ranch.
Welcome to Hawaii