What Are Some of the Hawaiian Islands?


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Some of the Hawaiian islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Lanai. These five islands are among the permanently inhabited members of the volcanic island archipelago. The chain comprises hundreds of land masses in the Pacific Ocean.

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Hawaii is the largest of the islands at nearly 46 square miles in area. It also contains the state's highest elevation, Mauna Kea, which is over 13,000 feet above sea level. Mauna Kea and four other shield volcanoes form the place. The island has many national parks and points of interest.

Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian islands, claims the largest population: 950,000 in 2010. On the southern shore rests Honolulu, the capital of the state and its largest city. Oahu is also famous for its beaches.

Lanai, one of the smaller populated islands in the chain, gained fame as a large scale pineapple producer. In 1922 the Dole family purchased 98 percent of the land and converted it into a plantation that lasted until 1985. The island has since developed into a tourist destination, like most of the other inhabited masses in the chain. Owner Larry Ellison has plans to use the plantation for growing other crops with sustainable agricultural models.

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