What Is Hawaii?


Congressional fact-finding junkets had been popular for many decades. “As a result of the statehood issue,” The Times said, “Hawaii contends that it is the most thoroughly investigated community under the American flag.”

Hawaii finally became the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959, under President Eisenhower.

Does anyone live there?

Yes. About 1.36 million people — more than 10 other states. (It has more land area than Connecticut and, including water, more total area than New Jersey or Massachusetts, among others.)

Oahu is the most populated island, with more than 953,000 people in 2010, according to the latest census data. The state capital, Honolulu, is located there.

It claims to be the most diverse state, based on the 2010 census. More than 60 percent of Hawaii’s people are Asian. The Filipino population overtook the Japanese…



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