Status: Hawaii, the Aloha State, became the 50th USA state on August 21, 1959. Comprised of 8 major islands (Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau) and a series of smaller ones, Hawaii is the world's longest island chain.
Capital City: Honolulu
The Hawaiian Island's weather is very consistent, with only moderate changes in temperature throughout the year. There are only 2 seasons: the summer months (called Kau in Hawaiian) that extend from May to October and the winter months (Ho'oilo) that run from November to April. The average day-time summer temperature at sea level is 85 degrees F. (29.4 C) while the average day-time winter temperature is 78 degrees (25.6 C).
Island Coordinates: 21° 19 north, 157° 48 west
General Information: Originally home to prehistoric peoples, they were followed by native people known for their bravery, strength and wisdom. Today the islands are one of the premier travel destinations in the world, and to quote Mark Twain, "The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean..."
Location Description: Approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles and about 3,900 miles southeast of Tokyo
Terrain: These lush, green islands are the tops of a chain of submerged volcanic mountains, with Mauna Loa, Kilauea (on the Big Island) an active volcano.