Things To Do In Hawaii

See the Best and Worst Places for Breathable Air in the U.S. loading...
See the Best and Worst Places for Breathable Air in the U.S.
New rankings of air quality in cities show the cleanest air isn't always rural.
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10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii
Discover our favourite activities in the Aloha State.
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Travel to Active Volcanoes to Witness the Force of Nature
These geological hot spots are guaranteed to be a blast.
Watch This Huge 'Waterfall' of Lava Pour Into the Ocean loading...
Watch This Huge 'Waterfall' of Lava Pour Into the Ocean
The lava flow is a result of Hawaiian land collapsing on December 31.
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Five Big Environmental Wins in 2016
Sure, it's been a tumultuous year for the planet. But here are some environmental achievements to celebrate: renewable energy, protected oceans, and deconstructed dams.
Exclusive: Obama Says Hawaii—and Mom—Shaped Love of Nature loading...
Exclusive: Obama Says Hawaii—and Mom—Shaped Love of Nature
In an interview on Midway Atoll, he says his mother’s influence and memories of Hawaii help inspire focus on marine life and climate change.
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Giant Pandas, Symbol of Conservation, Are No Longer Endangered
Great apes, meanwhile, are plummeting toward extinction, an international group of conservation experts announced Sunday.
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The Smiling Volcano
Lava flow from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano forms a happy grin.
About Things To Do In Hawaii

More than six million vacationers, most of them from the continental U.S. or Japan, spend close to 11 billion dollars a year in this tropical archipelago. Defense, centered on U.S. military bases at Pearl Harbor, is the second largest moneymaker. Descendants of Asians, who immigrated in the 19th and early 20th century to work on sugar plantations, add to the mix of people in this only state with no ethnic majority: Caucasians constitute 24 percent; Japanese, 18 percent; Filipino, 12 percent. The remainder includes ethnic Chinese and those of Hawaiian ancestry. Ecologists estimate that 89 percent of Hawaii's flowering plants and 97 percent of its land animals—among them the world's only predatory caterpillars—exist nowhere else on Earth.

Fast Facts

Population: 1,257,608

Capital: Honolulu; 378,155

Area: 10,931 square miles (28,311 square kilometres)

Per Capita Income: U.S. $30,040

Date Statehood Achieved: August 21, 1959

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