Hawaii

Hawaii

Introduction

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Hawaii has 6 islands. Which are Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai. The

Hawaiian Islands are one of the most beautiful place on earth.Encircled by white sandy

beaches dotted with swaying palm trees, the islands evoke images of paradise. (See map #1)

(In here, I’ll talk mainly about Oahu Island)

Oahu is the most popular island for visitors. Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, is on this

vibrant Island, which is also the home of some of the world’s finest hotels,

restaurants, boutiques and museums. Nightlife here offers everything from exciting

Polynesian revues to hot dance club to symphony concerts. (see map #2)

History

Though other parts of the sprawling Pacific group called Polynesia were settled

as far back as 1000BC,it wasn’t until 500AD that anyone bothered to beach

themselves permanently in Hawaii. Early colonizers included the Tahitians, who

repeatedly sailed a mere 2700mi (4350km) to dump more people and supplies on

their new rocks. Animism, already a big hit in Hawaii, became even more significant

in the 12th century when a powerful kahuna (priest) introduced human sacrifices

and a kaipu system of taboos, which helped, deifies local royalty. Thefirst European

to officially encounter the islands was James Book in 1778, who was favorably

mistaken for the god of harvests.

During WWI, and again after Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, an

attack in which over 2300 US soldiers were killed. For the duration of WWII, Oahu

served as the USA’s Pacific command post, and was also the site of a cultural

clampdown on the resident Japanese population by suspicious Americans. Soon

after the war, a new crisis developed on Oahu’s waterfront, which was the subject

of a crippling six-month strike by unionists lobbying for a much fairer deal for Hawaiian

labor – the successful union action subsequently lau…

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