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In the late 19th century, Hawaii became a plantation economy which produced sugar, then later pineapples as export products. Many immigrants, who were mostly Asian, came to the islands to work on the plantations.
Many history buffs may associate Hawaii with that faithful day in 1941, on Pearl Harbour when Japanese planes attacked the U.S. fleet stationed there. The day after this event, Pres. Roosevelt delivered his “Infamy Speech” (probably the most famous speech ever delivered in the 20th century) signalled the start of the war between the United States and Japan.

Unlike in the other states, the residents of Hawaii are predominantly of the original Polynesian race. But there is a mixture of other races such as white, black, and Asian. The residents of the island live together in harmony, despite racial differences. Here, racial discrimination is almost non-existent.

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Composed of eight islands, the “Aloha State”, as Hawaii is popularly known, was the last state to join the Union at the end of the 50s. Located almost at the center of the Pacific Ocean, this area is almost completely of volcanic origin. Those parts that aren’t volcanic are made up of limestone from coral reefs back in the days when the level of the sea was much higher.

The terrain of Hawaii is very diverse. Mountains more than four thousand meters high, large stretches of empty lava beds, palm trees lined golden sandy beaches, bright colored canyons, magnificent cliffs, thorny scrublands, dense rainforests, and several colourful patches of forests and fields make the Hawaiian Islands a picturesque and wonderful place to visit.

Over a thousand years ago, Polynesians settled on the islands. It was not until Captain James Cook arrived in the late 18th century that this area was placed on the western map. In honour of his patron, John Montagu, the fourth earl of Sandwich, Cook named the area, the Sandwich Islands.

The islands were united into a monarchy towards the end of the 18th century by King Kamehameha I. He was deposed in the 19th century and Hawaii became subsequently a republic, then a possession of the United States, and then its territory at the end of the 19th century.
The Hawaiian Islands enjoy a tropical climate. Summers (dry season) are from mid-April to mid-October while winters (wet season) occur during the rest of the year. The islands are sometimes visited by cyclonic storms.

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Almost all the residents of Hawaii live in the urban areas, particularly in the city of Honolulu making this state rank high in the country in terms of urbanization.

Honolulu is Hawaii’s capital and its biggest city. It dominates Hawaii’s economic, cultural, social, and political life. The County of Honolulu includes the City of Honolulu and the island of Oahu, the third largest island in Hawaii. Hilo is Hawaii’s second largest city. It is the state’s shipping and business center.

Hawaii’s tourism flourishes all year round. Many “mainlanders” (as the people from North America are called) visit the islands primarily to surf its phenomenal waves. Other beach activities include bodysurfing, swimming, canoeing, skin diving, water-skiing, and spearfishing. Those who are into “drier” sports may go into wild boar hunting in the nearby mountains, fishing offshore for marlin, explore volcanic craters, trek through dried up lava flows and dense forests, or simply play golf or tennis. Skiing can be had on the slopes of Mauna Kea during the winter season.


Visitors also enjoy the uniquely Hawaiian feast called the “luau” wherein one might witness authentic Hawaiian dancing, with dancers in leis and grass skirts moving to the sound of guitars and ukeleles, and imbibe in the island’s exotic cuisine that are mostly cooked with coconut and pineapple.

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The “hukilau” is a community fishing festival which involves a really large net which everyone helps to draw in. Everyone is then invited to share in the catch. This is just an example of how community conscious the people of the island are.

Hawaiians as a rule are warm, friendly, and hospitable. They are unpretentious and have never lost their link with nature. Despite their booming tourist industry, they have remained unsophisticated and earthy.

Hawaii offers visitors a variety of things to see, do, and enjoy in the islands. Couple this with the warmth of the people, the tropical sun and sandy beaches and you have a glimpse of paradise on earth.









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