Hawaiʻi officially became the 50th state in the American Union on August 21, 1959. The State of Hawaiʻi home page has more information on the history of Hawaiʻi.
Learn about Hawaiʻi's weather: Temperature and Climate Zones, its Rainfall and Storms, Water and Surf Conditions and Hawaiʻi's Mountains and Volcanos.
Hawaiʻi'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 ʻokina (ʻ). 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 ʻokina and kahakō/macron are a part of the modern Hawaiian language orthography.
Hawaiʻi 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 use of linguistic 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). We acknowledge that individual businesses listed on this site may not use the ‘okina or kahakō, but we recognize the importance of using these markings to preserve the indigenous language and culture of Hawai‘i and use them in all other forms of communications.