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US State
NicknameThe Aloha State
MottoUa Mau ke Ea o ka  Āina i ka Pono
(“The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness”)
Anthem: Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī
(“Hawaii’s Own True Sons”)
Official languagesEnglish, Hawaiian
DemonymHawaiian (see notes)
Largest citycapital
Area Ranked43rd
Total10931 sq mi 28311 km2
Widthn/a mi n/a km
Length1522 mi 2450 km
% water41.2
Pop. Rank40th
Total1,360,301 (2010 Census)
1,211,537 (2000)
Density188.6 /sq mi 72.83 /km2
Median income$63,746 (5th)
Highest pointMauna Kea
13803 ft 4207.3 m
Mean3030 ft 920 m
Lowest pointPacific Ocean
0 ft 0 m
Other information
Admission to UnionAugust 21, 1959 (50th)
GovernorNeil Abercrombie
Lieutenant GovernorBrian Schatz
LegislatureState Legislature
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsDaniel Inouye (D)
Daniel Akaka (D)
U.S. House delegation1: Colleen Hanabusa (D)
2: Mazie Hirono (D)
Time zoneHawaii-Aleutian time zone: UTC-10
(no daylight saving time)

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Hawaii (c-enaudio=en-us-Hawaii is the newest of the 50 US states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Hawaii’s natural and diverse scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of O ahu.

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1500 mi (7920000 ft). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight "main islands" are (from the northwest to southeast) Ni ihau, Kaua i, O ahu, Moloka i, Lāna i, Kaho olawe, Maui, and Hawai i. The last is by far the largest and is often called "The Big Island" to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.

Hawaii's coastline is approximately 750 mi (1207 km) long, which is fourth in the United States after Alaska, Florida, and California.

In standard American English, Hawaii is generally pronounced c-enhəˈwaɪ.iː. In the Hawaiian language, it is generally pronounced -hawhɐˈwɐiʔi or -hawhɐˈvɐiʔi.

Hawaii is one of two states that do not observe daylight saving time, the other being Arizona.

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