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Hawaii ( (listen) h-WY-ee, Hawaiian: Hawaii [hvji] or [hwji]) is a state in the Western United States located in the Pacific Ocean about 2, 000 miles (3, 200 km) from the U. S. mainland. It is the only state outside North America, the only state that is an archipelago, and the only state in the tropics. Hawaii is also one of a small number of U. S. states that was once an independent nation. Hawaii comprises nearly the entire Hawaiian archipelago, 137 volcanic islands spanning 1, 500 miles (2, 400 km) that are physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. The state's ocean coastline is consequently the fourth longest in the U. S., at about 750 miles (1, 210 km). The eight main islands, from northwest to southeast, are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lnai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and Hawaii, after which the state is named, it is often called the 'Big Island' or 'Hawaii Island' to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. The uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands make up most of the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument, the nation's largest protected area and the third largest in the world. Settled by Polynesians some time between 1000 and 1200 CE, Hawaii was home to numerous independent chiefdoms. In 1778, British explorer James Cook was the first known non-Polynesian to arrive at the archipelago, early British influence is reflected in the state flag, which bears a Union Jack. An influx of European and American explorers, traders, and whalers arrived shortly thereafter, introducing diseases that decimated the once isolated indigenous community. Hawaii became a unified, internationally recognized kingdom in 1810, remaining independent until Western businessmen overthrew the monarchy in 1893, this led to annexation by the U. S. in 1898.
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