History UsefulNotes / Hawaii

1st Oct '17 3:30:13 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''Kaua'i''': "The Garden Isle", and the northwesternmost of the major Hawaiian Islands. It is [[SceneryPorn a quiet, lush, tropical paradise]], the Hawai'i that visitors often expect to see. The sets for a few popular [[Film/JurassicPark films]] and [[Series/{{Lost}} TV shows]] were located here; [[Disney/LiloAndStitch a popular animated film]] (and [[WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie most]] [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries of]] [[Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch its]] [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch franchise]]) is ''set'' here. Also the home of the third mountain in the state to contend for a world record - namely, Mount Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest locations in the world, with an average yearly rainfall of 426 inches.

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* '''Kaua'i''': "The Garden Isle", and the northwesternmost of the major Hawaiian Islands. It is [[SceneryPorn a quiet, lush, tropical paradise]], the Hawai'i that visitors often expect to see. The sets for a few popular [[Film/JurassicPark films]] and [[Series/{{Lost}} TV shows]] were located here; [[Disney/LiloAndStitch a popular animated film]] (and [[WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie most]] [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries of]] [[Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch its]] [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch franchise]]) fran]][[Franchise/LiloAndStitch chise]]) is ''set'' here. Also the home of the third mountain in the state to contend for a world record - namely, Mount Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest locations in the world, with an average yearly rainfall of 426 inches.
16th Sep '17 4:49:59 PM nombretomado
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* '''O'ahu''': "The Gathering Place". When most people go to Hawai'i, this is where they end up. The island is home to the capital city of Honolulu and about 75% of the state's total population. If the island were its own state, it would have the highest population density of any in the country.[[note]]As it is, Hawaii is 13th already. For reference, the current densest state, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, is at 1200/sq. mi.; O'ahu is at about 1400/sq. mi. However, O'ahu is not denser than UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, whose density is ''10,000''/sq. mi.[[/note]] The other islands are collectively referred to as the "Neighbor Islands". Here you will find Waikiki, the famous white sand beach around which enterprising opportunists built several hotels, cheap souvenir shops, t-shirt stands and an ABC store[[note]]A convenience store that's very similar to 7-11, except... Hawai'ian[[/note]] every block or so. Here you will also find Pearl Harbor, the bombing of which by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941 finally convinced UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It is also the headquarters of the [[YanksWithTanks United States Navy's]] Pacific Fleet. In fact, there are nearly as many military bases on O'ahu as there are hotels; a detail that rubs some people the wrong way. There are some other attractions, such as the North Shore (very popular with surfers), Matsumoto's Shave Ice (a world-famous shaved-ice shop in Haleiwa), Kaneohe Bay (in which lies the island featured in the opening credits of ''Series/GilligansIsland''), the Punchbowl (in which lies the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), and the Diamond Head (the distinctive mountain to the east of Honolulu). This island is the setting of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' and its modern remake, ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. It is also the [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] setting of {{racing game}} ''VideoGame/TestDriveUnlimited'' and one of two such settings in the sequel.

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* '''O'ahu''': "The Gathering Place". When most people go to Hawai'i, this is where they end up. The island is home to the capital city of Honolulu and about 75% of the state's total population. If the island were its own state, it would have the highest population density of any in the country.[[note]]As it is, Hawaii is 13th already. For reference, the current densest state, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, is at 1200/sq. mi.; O'ahu is at about 1400/sq. mi. However, O'ahu is not denser than UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, whose density is ''10,000''/sq. mi.[[/note]] The other islands are collectively referred to as the "Neighbor Islands". Here you will find Waikiki, the famous white sand beach around which enterprising opportunists built several hotels, cheap souvenir shops, t-shirt stands and an ABC store[[note]]A convenience store that's very similar to 7-11, except... Hawai'ian[[/note]] every block or so. Here you will also find Pearl Harbor, the bombing of which by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941 finally convinced UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It is also the headquarters of the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States Navy's]] Pacific Fleet. In fact, there are nearly as many military bases on O'ahu as there are hotels; a detail that rubs some people the wrong way. There are some other attractions, such as the North Shore (very popular with surfers), Matsumoto's Shave Ice (a world-famous shaved-ice shop in Haleiwa), Kaneohe Bay (in which lies the island featured in the opening credits of ''Series/GilligansIsland''), the Punchbowl (in which lies the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), and the Diamond Head (the distinctive mountain to the east of Honolulu). This island is the setting of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' and its modern remake, ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. It is also the [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] setting of {{racing game}} ''VideoGame/TestDriveUnlimited'' and one of two such settings in the sequel.
14th Sep '17 7:57:33 PM angie710
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Hawai'i is an island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sugar barons,]] who were subsequently backed up by the US Navy.[[note]]In 1993 the Federal Government formally apologized for their hand in the overthrow. [[/note]] The island chain was then annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i. While Hawaii residents[[note]]"Hawaiian" almost exclusively refers to Native Hawaiians, and is never used to refer to someone who is just from the state[[/note]] consider themselves to be American, they tend to avoid many of the Eagleland tropes, and given the general distaste for the circumstances of the annexation, there is an active movement for Hawaiian sovereignty. [[WeAREStrugglingTogether However, lack of organization and disagreement over exactly what sovereignty would entail has prevented much significant progress in this direction.]]

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Hawai'i is an island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sugar barons,]] who were subsequently backed up by the US Navy.[[note]]In 1993 the Federal Government formally apologized for their hand in the overthrow. [[/note]] The island chain was then annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i. While Hawaii residents[[note]]"Hawaiian" almost exclusively refers to Native Hawaiians, and is never used to refer to someone who is just from or living in the state[[/note]] consider themselves to be American, they tend to avoid many of the Eagleland tropes, and given the general distaste for the circumstances of the annexation, there is an active movement for Hawaiian sovereignty. [[WeAREStrugglingTogether However, lack of organization and disagreement over exactly what sovereignty would entail has prevented much significant progress in this direction.]]
19th Jul '17 10:09:26 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''O'ahu''': "The Gathering Place". When most people go to Hawai'i, this is where they end up. The island is home to the capital city of Honolulu and about 75% of the state's total population. If the island were its own state, it would have the highest population density of any in the country.[[note]]As it is, Hawaii is 13th already. For reference, the current densest state, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, is at 1200/sq. mi.; O'ahu is at about 1400/sq. mi. However, O'ahu is not denser than UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, whose density is ''10,000''/sq. mi.[[/note]] The other islands are collectively referred to as the "Neighbor Islands". Here you will find Waikiki, the famous white sand beach around which enterprising opportunists built several hotels, cheap souvenir shops, t-shirt stands and an ABC store[[note]]A convenience store that's very similar to 7-11, except... Hawai'ian[[/note]] every block or so. Here you will also find Pearl Harbor, the bombing of which by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941 finally convinced UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It is also the headquarters of the [[YanksWithTanks United States Navy's]] Pacific Fleet. In fact, there are nearly as many military bases on O'ahu as there are hotels; a detail that rubs some people the wrong way. There are some other attractions, such as the North Shore (very popular with surfers), Matsumoto's Shave Ice (a world-famous shaved-ice shop in Haleiwa), Kaneohe Bay (in which lies the island featured in the opening credits of ''Series/GilligansIsland''), the Punchbowl (in which lies the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), and the Diamond Head (the distinctive mountain to the east of Honolulu). This island is the setting of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' and its modern remake, ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. It is also the [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] setting of {{racing game}} ''VideoGame/TestDrive Unlimited'' and one of two such settings in the sequel.

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* '''O'ahu''': "The Gathering Place". When most people go to Hawai'i, this is where they end up. The island is home to the capital city of Honolulu and about 75% of the state's total population. If the island were its own state, it would have the highest population density of any in the country.[[note]]As it is, Hawaii is 13th already. For reference, the current densest state, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, is at 1200/sq. mi.; O'ahu is at about 1400/sq. mi. However, O'ahu is not denser than UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, whose density is ''10,000''/sq. mi.[[/note]] The other islands are collectively referred to as the "Neighbor Islands". Here you will find Waikiki, the famous white sand beach around which enterprising opportunists built several hotels, cheap souvenir shops, t-shirt stands and an ABC store[[note]]A convenience store that's very similar to 7-11, except... Hawai'ian[[/note]] every block or so. Here you will also find Pearl Harbor, the bombing of which by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941 finally convinced UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates to enter UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It is also the headquarters of the [[YanksWithTanks United States Navy's]] Pacific Fleet. In fact, there are nearly as many military bases on O'ahu as there are hotels; a detail that rubs some people the wrong way. There are some other attractions, such as the North Shore (very popular with surfers), Matsumoto's Shave Ice (a world-famous shaved-ice shop in Haleiwa), Kaneohe Bay (in which lies the island featured in the opening credits of ''Series/GilligansIsland''), the Punchbowl (in which lies the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), and the Diamond Head (the distinctive mountain to the east of Honolulu). This island is the setting of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' and its modern remake, ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. It is also the [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] setting of {{racing game}} ''VideoGame/TestDrive Unlimited'' ''VideoGame/TestDriveUnlimited'' and one of two such settings in the sequel.
21st May '17 3:04:04 AM shinykittie
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Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. Local residents have a general distaste for mainland tourists, due to their ignorance of (and unwillingness to learn about) Hawaiian culture and customs, their tendency to treat the islands as one big resort, the fact that stereotyped images of native Hawaiians are often used in tourist attractions while actual native Hawaiians tend to live in poverty, and the negative environmental impact resorts, hotels, and golf courses have on the natural watershed. It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, [[UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines Filipino]] Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Hawaii residents are generally divided into three categories: Native Hawaiians, the indigenous population of the islands, Locals, which refers to the descendants of those who worked on the sugar plantations (Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Portuguese,) and Haoles, which is a mild slur for non-local Cacausian people, the connotations of which imply a lack of connection with the land and its culture. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary. Despite being largly rural, Hawaii is generally politically liberal and is one of the only states without a marked disparity between the politics of its rural and urban areas.

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Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. Local residents have a general distaste for mainland tourists, due to their ignorance of (and unwillingness to learn about) Hawaiian culture and customs, their tendency to treat the islands as one big resort, the fact that stereotyped images of native Hawaiians are often used in tourist attractions while actual native Hawaiians tend to live in poverty, [[GaiasLament and the negative environmental impact resorts, hotels, and golf courses have on the natural watershed. watershed.]] It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, [[UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines Filipino]] Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Hawaii residents are generally divided into three categories: Native Hawaiians, the indigenous population of the islands, Locals, which refers to the descendants of those who worked on the sugar plantations (Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Portuguese,) and Haoles, which is a mild slur for non-local Cacausian people, the connotations of which imply a lack of connection with the land and its culture. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary. Despite being largly rural, Hawaii is generally politically liberal and is one of the only states without a marked disparity between the politics of its rural and urban areas.
21st May '17 3:01:28 AM shinykittie
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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sugar barons,]] who were subsequently backed up by the US Navy.[[note]]In 1993 the Federal Government formally apologized for their hand in the overthrow. [[/note]] The island chain was then annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]

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Hawai'i is a an island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sugar barons,]] who were subsequently backed up by the US Navy.[[note]]In 1993 the Federal Government formally apologized for their hand in the overthrow. [[/note]] The island chain was then annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i Hawai'i. While Hawaii residents[[note]]"Hawaiian" almost exclusively refers to Native Hawaiians, and most of is never used to refer to someone who is just from the 1.2 million people who live there state[[/note]] consider themselves to be just as American as people on American, they tend to avoid many of the mainland.[[note]] While Eagleland tropes, and given the general distaste for the circumstances of the annexation, there is an independence active movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) for Hawaiian community sovereignty. [[WeAREStrugglingTogether However, lack of organization and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]
disagreement over exactly what sovereignty would entail has prevented much significant progress in this direction.]]
21st May '17 2:53:26 AM shinykittie
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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]

Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, [[UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines Filipino]] Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary.

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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered the archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and Europe would continue to have a vested interest in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, Pacific and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it the Hawaiian monarchy was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) overthrown by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sugar barons,]] who were subsequently backed up by the US Navy.[[note]]In 1993 the Federal Government formally apologized for their hand in the overthrow. [[/note]] The island chain was then annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]

Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. Local residents have a general distaste for mainland tourists, due to their ignorance of (and unwillingness to learn about) Hawaiian culture and customs, their tendency to treat the islands as one big resort, the fact that stereotyped images of native Hawaiians are often used in tourist attractions while actual native Hawaiians tend to live in poverty, and the negative environmental impact resorts, hotels, and golf courses have on the natural watershed. It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, [[UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines Filipino]] Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Hawaii residents are generally divided into three categories: Native Hawaiians, the indigenous population of the islands, Locals, which refers to the descendants of those who worked on the sugar plantations (Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Portuguese,) and Haoles, which is a mild slur for non-local Cacausian people, the connotations of which imply a lack of connection with the land and its culture. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary.
boundary. Despite being largly rural, Hawaii is generally politically liberal and is one of the only states without a marked disparity between the politics of its rural and urban areas.



* '''Maui''': "The Valley Island", it is the home of the seaside town of Lahaina, which was a major whaling station in the 19th century Pacific. It's also one of the few places in the world that grows sweet onions, and plays host to one of the only sugar plantations still in business in the United States. Like Mauna Kea, many astronomical observatories and telescopes are located on Haleakalā, a dormant volcano that comprises 75% of the island's landmass.

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* '''Maui''': "The Valley Island", it is the home of the seaside town of Lahaina, which was a major whaling station in the 19th century Pacific. It's also one of the few places in the world that grows sweet onions, and plays host to one of the only sugar plantations still in business in the United States.onions. Like Mauna Kea, many astronomical observatories and telescopes are located on Haleakalā, a dormant volcano that comprises 75% of the island's landmass.
18th Feb '17 10:16:15 AM vifetoile
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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. First discovered by the famous European explorer James Cook in 1778, and as a result was given a vested interest by European powers for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]

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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. First The original settlers were seafaring Polynesians who discovered by the famous European explorer archipelago around the thirteenth century. In 1778, Englishman James Cook in 1778, brought news of Hawai'i to the Old World, and as a result was given Europe would continue to have a vested interest by European powers in Hawai'i for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]
24th Jan '17 4:34:48 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. First discovered by the famous European explorer James Cook in 1778, and as a result was given a vested interest by European powers for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The current President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]

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Hawai'i is a island chain located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the US Mainland. First discovered by the famous European explorer James Cook in 1778, and as a result was given a vested interest by European powers for the next 100 years. Hawai'i was viewed as an important strategic checkpoint given its placement in the Pacific, and was more than once occupied by foreign powers. Despite these feuds Hawai'i stayed as an independent nation... that is until 1898 when it was (under [[InternetBackdraft heavily debated circumstances]]) annexed by the United States who decided they weren't going to let the gem of the Pacific get into the hands of anyone else. It spent about six decades as a US Territory, including being the site of the events that brought America into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, before being admitted into the Union as [[UsefulNotes/TheSeveralStates the 50th state]] in 1959. The current 44th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama, was born and raised in Hawai'i and most of the 1.2 million people who live there consider themselves to be just as American as people on the mainland.[[note]] While there is an independence movement of sorts, it is largely confined to Native (indigenous) Hawaiian community and is tied up with the politics of a larger movement of indigenous rights meaning that its appeal to Non-Native Citizens is very limited. [[/note]]
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Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, Filipino Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary.

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Hawai'i is a popular tourist destination for Americans, due to the fact that it's a year-round tropical resort that Americans don't need a passport to visit. This is the reason for the prevalence of the tropes AlohaHawaii and HulaAndLuaus in American media. It is also home to a very large Japanese American community, thanks mainly to its proximity to Japan, which also sends over lots of tourists (and the reason for the prevalence of the aforementioned tropes in Japanese media as well). Most Japanese who talk about having been to America mean they once went to Hawai'i on a package tour. Since the early 20th Century, Filipino [[UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines Filipino]] Americans have also made the islands their home (second only to California in terms of numbers), thanks in part due to the Philippines' past as US territory and later immigration. As a result, Tagalog and Ilokano have become one of the most widely-spoken languages in the State (alongside Japanese) outside English. Geography geek side-note here: Hawai'i is unique among the 46-States-and-4-Commonwealths comprising the USA in having no straight-lines anywhere on its boundary.
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