On August 21st, 1959, Hawaii was named the 50th state. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is an archipelago made up of 6 main islands: Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai. With a year round tropical climate, abundantly rich in beautiful beaches and natural coasts with an active volcano at the center of it all, Hawaii is host to many tourists, surfers and researchers alike.
Honolulu International Airport is located on the north-western part of Oahu Island, servicing many direct flights straight to Japan. There are also flights to and from the various islands. Public transportation is essentially limited to buses. Currently in development is a train ssystem that spans from Oahu's Kapolei to Honolulu's Ala Moana Center. It is expected to cut down heavily on traffic within Hawaii upon completion.
Hawaii is warm throughout the year, with midday temperatures averaging about 25-30 degrees celcius year round, and slightly cooler night time temperatures. There are only two discernible seasons-- Summer and Winter. Most of the year, Hawaiians are blessed with fine weather.
Rainfall usually occurs during the winter months in patches. While the summer sun can be quite strong, one can take shelter in shady spots and feel the cool breeze of the tradewinds which keep the temperature from rising too terribly high.
Hawaii beckons tourists from all corners of the world. There are plenty of wonderful traditional dishes to sample. With a large Japanese population as well as a high volume of Japanese tourists year-round, there are many Japanese convenience stores, restaurants and supermarkets.
Hawaii's greatest industry is tourism. Tourists from all over the world come to Hawaii to experience the beauty and splendor of the climate and attractions. Retail, hospitality, restaurant and travel are the main industries here. Realestate is also seeing heavy investments of late.