Hawaii (also, historically, the Sandwich Islands) is the archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii comprises a group of eight major islands and numerous islets in the central Pacific Ocean, c.3,380 km (2,100 miles) SW of San Francisco, CA. Admitted on August 21, 1959, Hawaii constitutes the 50th state of the United States.
The US postal abbreviation for Hawaii is HI.
Honolulu is the largest city and the state capital of Hawaii.
In addition to possessing the southernmost point in the United States, Hawaii is the only state that lies completely in the tropics. As one of two states outside the contiguous United States (the other being Alaska), it is the only state without territory on the mainland of any continent and it is the only state that continues to grow due to active lava flows, most notably from Kilauea.
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