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Geographic Information
The State of Hawaii is comprised of eight major islands.

Measuring from its submarine base (3,280 fathoms) in the Hawaiian Trough to the top of the mountain (13,796 feet), Maunakea is the tallest mountain in the world with a combined height of 33,476 feet.

The 2000 resident population for the State of Hawaii was 1,211,537 persons, with a de-facto population (including visitors) of 1,334,023. (Between the 1980 and 2000 Census counts, Hawaii's population grew 25.6 percent).

The geographic coordinates of Honolulu, the state capital, are 21:18:25 North Latitude, 157:51:30 West Longitude.

Learn about the state symbols of Hawaii or about our state flora and fauna (plants and animals)

Historical Information
Hawaii officially became the 50th state in the American Union on August 21, 1959. The State of Hawaii home page has more information on the history of Hawaii.

Weather
Learn about Hawaii's weather: Temperature and Climate Zones, its Rainfall and Storms, Water and Surf Conditions and Hawaii's Mountains and Volcanos.


Language

Hawaii's two official languages are Hawaiian and English. The melodious Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect. There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, H, I K, L, M, N, O, P, U, W and the 'okina ('). The okina is a glottal stop like the sound between the ohs in "oh-oh" and is considered a consonant. In order to clarify pronunciation, you will often see the glottal stop ( ' ) or 'okina and macron used on words such as Hawai'i.

Distance

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.