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Here under Hawaii, you will find travel information classified by the islands of Hawaii, as well as general information.
Once described by Mark Twain as the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean, the islands of Hawaii still embody for many people the dream of the pacific paradise. Hawaii's beautiful beaches, it's spectacular scenery and pleasant climate attract more than 6 million tourists every year, making it one of the world's leading visitor destinations.
Volcanic in origin, Hawaii is a string of 137 islands and atolls encompassing a land area of 6,470 square miles in the north central Pacific ocean. About 2500 miles from the nearest landmass (2500 miles from the west coast of the United States), it is the world's most remote archipelago.
Due to its isolation and subtropical climate, which varies from dry desert conditions to lush tropical rainforests, the Hawaiian islands offer a wide variety of plant, marine and animal life. More than 90% of their flora and fauna can't be found anywhere else on earth and the Hawaiian waters offer the world's greatest variety of fish. You can also find a great number of rare and endangered species including the Humpback Whale, the Pacific Green Sea Turtle and the Neene Goose (the official state bird). Hawaii has only two seasons, summer between May and October and winter between October and April.
Over centuries Hawaii has attracted human migrants in waves. The total population of 1.2 million consists of a variety of ethnicities including Caucasian, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and Hawaiian. All these cultures and traditions combine to provide the 50th State of the United States with its rich history and cultural diversity. From the first Polynesian settlers that arrived on Hawaiian shores more than thousand years ago to the various immigrants of the last two centuries, Hawaii is renowned a cultural melting pot of food, language and customs.
Only six of the eight main islands of Hawaii allow visitors: Oahu, the Big Island (Hawaii), Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai. Kahoolawe is uninhabited and Niihau is privately owned. Each island has its own identity and offers something for everyone.
Next to an endless number of natural attractions and famous geological landmarks like the world's most active volcano, its largest dormant volcano, its highest sea cliffs or its highest mountain when measured from the sea floor, the islands also contain some of the world's top spots for surfing and windsurfing, as well as excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, diving and most other watersports. In addition the visitor can not only enjoy an enormous list of outdoor activities including hiking, golfing or riding but also a variety of great museums, restaurants, shops or the lively nightlife of Hawaii's capital, Honolulu, located on the island of Oahu. Accommodation options include high-rise hotels, upcountry lodges, isolated resorts and cozy B&Bs.
With its spectacular diverse landcsape and rich culture, year-round sunny climate and the aloha spirit (showing love, kindness and compassion) of its residents Hawaii is a unique place to travel to.
Country: United States of America
Admission to Statehood: August 21, 1959
Area: 6,470 sq miles
Population: 1.2 million
Capital City: Honolulu
Ethnicity: Hawaiian / Part Hawaiian (21.1%); Caucasian (23.5%); Japanese (16.7%); Filipino (13.3%); Chinese (3.9%)
Religion: Christian (68%); non-religious (18%); Buddhist (9%); other (5%)
Language: English, Hawaiian
Head of Government: President George W. Bush
Head of State: Governor Linda Lingle
Economy: tourism; agricultural exports (nursery stock, flowers, coffee, macadamia nuts, pineapple, livestock, sugarcane)
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