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This page features stunning tropical beach pictures from Hawaii. Also shown is a free printable map of the Hawaiian Islands.
The Hawaii island map shown below illustrates the the main part of the state of Hawaii, which is a cluster of dozens of small, volcanic islands thousands of miles southwest of the mainland United States.
Hawaii's main (largest) islands are called Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, Lâna'i, Kaho'olawe, Maui, and Hawai'i. For some reason, Hawaiian names are sprinkled with apostrophes.
The island of Hawai'i is the state's largest island, and is better known simply as the "Big Island," in order to distinguish it by name from the state itself.
The capital of the state of Hawaii is Honolulu, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, located on the island of O'ahu.
Hawaii was the 50th and most recent U.S. state to join the USA.
ABOVE: An idyllic beach in Oahu.
BELOW: A pristine beach in Lanai.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HAWAII:
Hawaii is not America's westernmost state. That distinction belongs to Alaska, whose western "tail" spans even further west than Hawaii.
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on earth, being 2,390 miles from California, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state that raises coffee crops.
Roughly 35 percent of the world's commercially sold pineapples are grown in Hawaii.
Hawaii has a native language whose alphabet contains only twelve letters.
Hawaii has its own time zone, called Hawaiian Standard Time. It runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time.
Hawaii does not observe daylight savings time.
Hawaii's Waialeale Mountain has an average of 488 inches (more than 40 feet!) of rain per year. It is considered the wettest spot on earth.
Above: A popular beach in Waikiki.
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