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Over water transport plays a vital role in Hawaii’s economy. Modern ports and container ships serve consumer products and exports with transit times to and from the mainland United States averaging about 4 days for large container ships. Major and inter-island ports include Honolulu and Barbers Point, Hilo and Kahului, Molokai and Lanai.

Although there are no public railroads, Hawaii has over 4,200 miles of roads which include over 300 miles of highway. Airlines offer passenger and cargo transportation to 30 airports with Honolulu International Airport being the largest and one of the most active in the nation.



Becoming the 50th state of the union in 1959, Hawaii has the most isolated population hub on earth; over 2,300 miles from California and 5,200 from the Philippines. Hawaii State contains eight major islands (in order of size): Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.

Hawaii has an area of 10,931 square miles with a coastline of 750 miles; the islands extend to about 1,500 miles from East to West (the widest state in the nation). Elevations span from seal level to about 13,800 feet, with the peak of Mauna Kea being the highest.

The state of Hawaii enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures that vary little and average about 75 degrees which is moderated by oceanic influences and northeasterly trade winds.

Hawaii has its own time zone and has the largest contiguous ranch, in the United States, which is about 480,000 acres of land.


Hawaiian Language

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet, with five vowels and 7 consonants. Some of the more popular words used include Aloha with means hello, goodbye and love; Kai which means sea or ocean and Hula which translates to Hawaiian dance or to dance.


Links of Interest - University of Hawaii - Hawaiian language resource - Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism - International Maritime Organization - Hawaii shipping services

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