Is Hawaii a State?


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Hawaii was the last state to join the United States, becoming a state on Aug. 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only state in the nation made up entirely of islands, and it is one of the smallest states.

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Is Hawaii a State?
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The Hawaiian islands are the top portions of volcanoes, some of which remain active today. Captain James Cook, a British explorer, named the islands the "Sandwich Islands" in 1778 after his sponsor, the Earl of Sandwich. The United States had a naval base in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor long before Hawaii became a state. This base was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, by Japan, bringing the United States into World War II.

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