Hawaii[hə wä′ē, -wī′ē]
A map of Hawaii.
- state of the U.S., consisting of a group of islands () in the North Pacific: admitted, 1959: 6,423 sq mi (16,635 sq km); pop. 1,212,000; cap. Honolulu: abbrev. HI
- largest & southernmost of the islands of Hawaii, southeast of Oahu: 4,028 sq mi (10,432 sq km); pop. 149,000
Origin of HawaiiHawaiian Hawai'i from source Proto-Polynesian an unverified form hawaiki; akin to Savai'i, Savaii
- Abbr. HI A state of the United States in the central Pacific Ocean including all of the Hawaiian Islands except Midway. It became a US territory in 1900 and was admitted as the 50th state in 1959. The islands were conquered and united by King Kamehameha I between 1795–1810, and the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, was deposed in 1893. Honolulu, on Oahu, is the capital and the largest city.
- Popularly called The Big Island. The largest and southernmost of the Hawaiian Islands. It is the top of an enormous submarine mountain and has several volcanic peaks.