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.
Learn about Hawaii's weather: Temperature and Climate Zones, its Rainfall and Storms, Water and Surf Conditions and Hawaii's Mountains and Volcanos.
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.
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.
HVCB recognizes the use of diacritical markings of the (modern) Hawaiian language including the `okina [`] or glottal stop and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai`i such as Lāna`i). However, you may notice these diacritical markings have been omitted throughout the website to ensure the best online experience for our visitors. HVCB recognizes the importance of using these markings to preserve the language and culture of Hawaii and respectfully uses them in all communications beyond the online platform.