Hawaii was discovered by Polynesian settlers between the 3rd and 7th centuries A.D. and
by British Captain James Cook in 1778. Admitted to the Union August 21, 1959, as the 50th
Economic mainstays: Tourism, federal defense expenditures and agriculture. State is encouraging development as an international business center.
Subtropical- normal annual temperature: 77 F. At Honolulu International Airport.
Hawaii is a string of islands -6,423.4 sq. miles- in the north central Pacific, about
2,400 miles west of San Francisco. Stretching from northwest to southeast, they are:
Kauai- the Garden Island with its Na Pali wilderness and Waimea Canyon,
Oahu- the Meeting Place, home of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Diamond Head, National Memorial Cemetery at Punchbowl and Pearl Harbor,
Molokai- the Friendly Island,
Maui- the Valley Island Known for its walk-in volcanic crater, and Haleakala the House of the Sun,
Hawaii- the Big Island.
Resident population (1994): 1,178,600.
De facto population (1993): 1,295,100 includes average daily visitors and Hawaii-based armed forces and their dependents.
De facto population density (1990): 194 persons per sq. Mile.
Number of Households in state (1993): 379,000, with an average of 2.99 persons per household.
Median age (1993): 33.7.
Between 1980 and 1990, net in-migration accounted for nearly 48 percent of population
growth. In 1992 there were 7,885 immigrants, mostly from the Philippines.
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