Hawaii entered the union on Aug 21, 1959 as out 50th state. The name of the state is a Polynesian word for the name of the unknown. Hawaii consists mainly of an archipelago near the geographic center of the North Pacific ocean. The name Hawaii was just for one island instead of all, but in the 19th century the name was extended to the entire archipelago. Hawaii was declared an urban state of the US because all of its culture.
The eight main Hawaiian islands comprise the tops of one or more shield volcanoes The largest island, Hawaii, is formed from five different volcanoes. The volcanoes are Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Kohala, and Kilauea. In all, the state comprises 8 main islands and more than 123 islets, reefs, and shoals. The major island in order of largest to smallest are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.
Hawaii has a tropical climate moderated by northeast wind and oceanic influences. The average annuals temperate of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, but varies between summer and winter. Unlike the temperature, rainfall varies tremendously according to location.Highest rainfall is usually at moderate elevations on the windward (East) sides of the islands. Severe storms are very uncommon.
Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands.Oahu has one of the two barrier reefs in the archipelago. The state capital, Honolulu, is on the island Oahu. Honolulu is on Oahu's southeast coast. One attraction at Oahu is Kane' ohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaii islands. An interesting fact of Kane' ohe Bay is that in August 2010 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was filmed on the bay.
Maui is the second biggest island in Hawaii. Mordern day pursuits in Maui include shopping, dinning, museums, and art galleries that are on the port. Hotels and rent house are top notch and usually rated very high. The Wailea Beach is a resort/spa luxurious 544- room property with a spectacular ocean view. Consumers say that the Wailea beach is the best resort of Hawaii and its located right on Maui.