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Hawaii is the 50th and latest state to have united the United States of America, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the sole U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one written entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America.

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises countless islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the end of the archipelago, the eight principal islands are--in sequence from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and also the Island of Hawaiʻi. The final is the biggest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or even "Hawaiʻi Island" to prevent confusion with the state or archipelago. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically portion of this Egyptian subregion of Oceania.

Hawaii's varied natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic environment, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Due to its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labour migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and Asian cultures, as well as its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Hawaii has more than a million permanent residents, along with many people and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.

Hawaii is your 8th-smallest and also the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of those 50 U.S. states. It's the only state with an plurality. The country's coastline is approximately 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth largest in the U.S. after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida, and California.

The aboriginal culture of Hawaii is Polynesian. Hawaii represents the northernmost extension of the vast Polynesian Triangle of the south and central Pacific Ocean. While traditional Hawaiian culture remains as vestiges in modern Hawaiian society, there are re-enactments of the ceremonies and traditions throughout the islands. Some of the cultural influences, including the popularity (in greatly modified form) of lūʻau and hula, are strong enough to affect the broader United States.

Tourism is an significant part the Hawaiian market. In 2003, in accordance with state government data, there were over 6.4 million visitors, with expenditures of over $10 billion, to the Hawaiian Islands. As a result of gentle yearlong weather, tourist journey is a favorite throughout the year. The significant holidays are the most popular occasions for outsiders to see, especially in the winter season. Substantial quantities of Japanese tourists still go to the islands but have now been surpassed by Chinese and Koreans due to the collapse of the value of the Yen and the weak Japanese economy. The average Japanese stays only 5 times while other Asians spend over 9.5 times and invest 25% more.

Hawaii hosts numerous cultural events. The annual Merrie Monarch Festival is an international Hula contest. The Hawaii International Film Festival is the best film festival for Pacific rim theatre. Honolulu hosts the state's long-running LGBT film festival, the Rainbow Film Festival.

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