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Hawaii, the Aloha State

Leis, pineapples, tropical beaches and live volcanoes distinguish the nation’s only only island State. A group of islands extending over 375 miles Hawaii lies in the Pacific 2400 miles from California. Of its more than twenty islands, there are six principal ones. Most of the smaller islands are not inhabited. A stupendous accident of nature, the islands were thrust up 15,000 feet from the ocean floor by great underwater volcanic eruptions in a tropical area where the cooling trade winds provide en equable climate throughout the year. The islands are actually a chain of volcanic mountains that, like icebergs, are mostly below the surface.

Two islands dominate the State: Hawaii, the largest, and Oahu, the most populous. Hawaii’s 4000 square miles offer great variety – tropical beaches and dense jungles, vast forests, lava wastes and fertile plantations; the remains of ancient pagan temples; and snow covered mountains and the world largest active volcano – Mauna Loa.

The economic, political and cultural center of the State, Oahu is also the prime tourist attraction and, in Honolulu, the capital, has one of the principal ports of the Pacific. Here also are famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head (an extinct volcano), and Pearl Harbour. With less than 1/10th of the land area, Oahu has 4/5th of the State’s population. The other large islands – Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai – have extensive sugar and pineapple plantations, but they remain comparatively undeveloped. The nation’s youngest State is peculiarly American in its people who have come from many parts of the world to form a unique society where there is no racial majority and people of widely diverse ancestry live in harmony – a spirit which, according to Rev. Abraham Akaka of Honolulu is the true meaning of Aloha.

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