Pronunciation: (hu-wī'ē, -wä'-, -wä'yu, hä-vä'ē), [key]
1. a state of the United States comprising the N Pacific islands of Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu: a U.S. territory 1900–59; admitted to the Union 1959. 965,000; 6424 sq. mi. (16,715 sq. km). Cap.: Honolulu. Abbr.: HI (for use with zip code), Haw.
2. the largest island of Hawaii, in the SE part. 63,468; 4021 sq. mi. (10,415 sq. km).
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