geographical name
Ha·​waii | \ hə-ˈwä-yē How to pronounce Hawaii (audio) , -ˈwī-ē, -ˈwä-ˌē also -ˈvä- or -ˈwȯ-;sometimes -yə \
variants: or Hawai'i

Definition of Hawaii

1 or Hawaiian Islands \ hə-​ˈwä-​yən How to pronounce Hawaiian Islands (audio) , -​ˈwī-​ən , -​ˈwȯ-​yən \ or formerly Sandwich Islands \ ˈsand-​ˌwich How to pronounce Sandwich Islands (audio) \ group of islands in the central Pacific belonging to the U.S.
2 island in the southeastern part of the state of Hawaii; largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago; chief city Hilo area 4021 square miles (10,455 square kilometers), population 185,079
3 southernmost and newest state of the U.S. comprising the Hawaiian Islands except the Midway Islands; annexed 1898, a territory 1900–59; capital Honolulu area 6471 square miles (16,760 square kilometers), population 1,360,301

see also hawaiian

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“Hawaii.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hawaii. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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