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- 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: Haw Hawai'i from source Proto-Polynesian an unverified form hawaiki; akin to Savai'i, Savaii
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or Ha·wai’iAbbr. HI
Hawaii - Cultural Definition
State located in the Pacific Ocean southwest of the mainland United States; consists mainly of a chain of eight islands, including Hawaii, the largest, and Oahu, location of Honolulu, the state's capital and largest city.
- Fiftieth state, admitted in 1959.
- Location of Pearl Harbor.