What Are Some of the Main Islands in Hawaii?


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The state of Hawaii is made up of more than 100 islands, but there are eight well-known, larger islands. These islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.

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What Are Some of the Main Islands in Hawaii?
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The islands that make up Hawaii were formed by volcanic activity in the Pacific Ocean. Although there are more than 100 islands, there are only seven islands inhabited by people. Of the eight main islands, the smallest, Kahoolawe, is uninhabited by people, and it is illegal to access the 45 square mile island. The majority of Hawaii's population lives on Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.

The most populated island is Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, but it only has a population around 148,000. The Big Island is 4,028 square miles and larger than all of the other islands combined. It also has the highest point of elevation out of all of the islands.

Although not the largest island, Oahu is the island most frequented by tourists. Molokai and Lanai are much smaller islands and are primarily used for agriculture farms and ranches. Lanai, in particular, is known for its pineapple farms. Niihau is a privately owned island used to raise livestock, and public access is very limited.

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