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 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 assist with proper pronunciation and meaning, the 'okina and kahako/macron are a part of the modern Hawaiian language orthography.
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.
We recognize the proper use of the Hawaiian language including the ‘okina [‘], a consonant, and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as Lāna‘i). However, these have been omitted from this website for the best online experience for our visitors. We realize the importance and continue to use them outside of the online platform.