Hawai'i was annexed by the United States in 1898 and became a U.S. state in 1959. Unique among U.S. states, it consists entirely of islands (eight main islands and about 1,500 smaller islands) and is located in the south Pacific Ocean, about 2,000 miles southwest of the mainland United States. The population of Hawai'i (based on the 2005–09 American Community Survey) is 1,280,241. Hawai'i has an ethnically diverse population with the largest ethnic group being Asian (38.5 percent), followed by white (26.9 percent), Native Hawai'ian ...

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