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See also: Hawaii, Hawaií, Hawai'i, and Hawai`i


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (chiefly Hawaii) Alternative spelling of Hawaii
    • 1996, H. Douglas Pratt, A Pocket Guide to Hawaiʻi's Birds[1], Taiwan: Mutual Publishing, →ISBN, page 15:
      If confine your Hawaiʻi vacation to resort areas such as Waikiki, Kaʻanapali, or Kona, you are unlikely to see a native honey-creeper. But birds are always around (even sometimes on your breakfast table!) and a little attention to them will broaden your tropical horizons. In this section we will take you on a bird tour of the Hawaiʻi seen by most visitors, and the only Hawaiʻi known to a surprisingly large number of residents, most of whom, after all, dwell in cities and towns.
    • 2020 March 22, David Ige, quotee, “Hawaii to quarantine all arrivals to the state for 14 days”, in AP News[2], archived from the original on 2020-12-09[3]:
      “With the majority of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” Gov. David Ige said in a statement. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaiʻi’s business, community and visitor industry leaders.”
    • 2022 January 13, Andrea Malji, Michael A. Allen, Carla Martinez Machain, “The Navy’s fuel leak in Hawaiʻi outraged local activists. That’s happened around the globe.”, in The Washington Post[4], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 06 May 2022, Monkey Cage:
      In November, a 14,000-gallon fuel leak at a Navy storage facility contaminated much of the drinking water on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, a leak that may cause irreparable damage to the island’s water supplies.
    • 2022 July 1, Will McGough, “Planning a dream trip to Hawai'i? What's new on the islands”, in CNN[5], archived from the original on 2022-07-01, Travel‎[6]:
      With Covid-19 regulations a thing of the past, Hawaiʻi is primed to be a top destination in 2022 thanks to a load of fresh offerings.
    • 2023 February 22, Grae Gleason, “Tour 6 of Hawaiʻi's volcanoes in this immersive photo gallery”, in USA Today[7], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 19 May 2023:
      In the United States, Hawaiʻi offers tourists some of the country’s best volcano-viewing experiences. In fact, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encompasses two of the world’s most active volcanoes — Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.
    • 2023 May 11, Darren Incorvaia, “How Deep-Diving Sharks Stay Warm Will Take Your Breath Away”, in The New York Times[8], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-05-11, Trilobites‎[9]:
      Scalloped hammerhead sharks off the Kona coast of Hawaiʻi Island. []
      Mark Royer, a shark biologist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was inspired to investigate the scalloped hammerhead’s secret heating technique after noticing how deep they were diving during a different research project. He attached a package of sensors near the dorsal fins of six hammerheads near Hawaii.

Usage notes[edit]

The ʻokina (ʻ) — in English typography often represented with the straight apostrophe (') — indicates a glottal stop in Hawaiian and Hawaiian English.

Legal information: the spellings of National Park Service units in Hawaii were changed by legislation to include the ʻokina; however, the name of the state itself was not, hence not written with an ʻokina because the Statehood Act in 1959 used the spelling “Hawaii”—thus a Natural Resource Report states, “the name of the state is Hawaii, while the name of the island of the same name is Hawai‘i.”[1]

Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Bobby Camara (2006) “Appendix F: Geographic names: Correct Spellings of Geographic (Place) Names”, in HaySmith, L., F. L. Klasner, S. H. Stephens, and G. H. Dicus, Pacific Island Network vital signs monitoring plan, Natural Resource Report NPS/PACN/NRR—2006/003 National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.



From Proto-Nuclear Polynesian *Sawaiki.


  • IPA(key): /haˈwai̯.ʔi/, [həˈʋɐj.ʔi], [həˈʋɛj.ʔi] (rapid speech)
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands (an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean between North America and Oceania)
  2. (specifically) Hawaii (an island, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii, United States)
  3. Hawaii (a state of the United States comprising much of the Hawaiian Islands; capital: Honolulu)


  • Chinook Jargon: oihe (or via English)
  • English: Hawaii, Hawaiʻi, Hawai'i, Hawai`i



  1. Hawaiian (person)