Key facts on the country of Hawaii
Hawaii is situated southwest of the Continental United States and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
The Hawaiian Islands stretches over a total area of 10,932 square miles, witch 6,423 square miles is land and 4,508 square miles is water. Hawaii has a coastline of 750 miles.
Hawaii has a tropical climate with very hot summers and warm winters.
The main experienced natural hazards of Hawaii are volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and brush fires.
Population and Employment
Hawaii has a total population of 1,257 608 (2003 est.) people and a labour force of 612,831 people. Most laborers are occupied in industries, services and tourism. Hawaii has a fairly low unemployment rate of 3.8%.
52% of Hawaii's population are Protestants, 24% are Roman Catholics, 2% Mormons, 1 % are Jewish, 1% are Muslim, 10% have other religions and the remaining 10% have no religions.
Hawaii's flag has eight horizontal stripes of white, red and blue that represent the eight main islands. The flag of Great Britain is emblazoned in the top left corner, in order to honor Hawaii's friendship with the British.
Agricultural Products and Main Industries
Tourism is Hawaii's largest industry. The tropical climate and beautiful beaches attract people from all over the United States and other parts of the world. The main agricultural products of Hawaii are sugarcane, pineapples, livestock, orchids and a wide range of other flowers.
The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu with a total population of 371 657 (2004 est.) people.
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