Hawaiian IslandsHawaiian Islands
- state of the U.S., consisting of a group of islands (Hawaiian Islands) in the North Pacific: admitted 1959: 6,423 sq mi (16,635 sq km); cap. Honolulu: abbrev. HI
- largest & southernmost of the islands of Hawaii, southeast of Oahu: 4,028 sq mi (10,432 sq km)
Origin of Hawaiian IslandsHawaiian Hawai'i ; from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form hawaiki; akin to Savai'i, Savaii
A chain of volcanic and coral islands in the central Pacific Ocean extending about 2,600 km (1,600 mi) west-northwestward from the island of Hawaii. Formerly known as the Sandwich Islands, the group consists of eight major islands and more than a hundred minor ones.