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Descriptor English: Hawaii
Descriptor Spanish: Hawaii
Descriptor Portuguese: Hawaii
Descriptor French: Hawaï
Entry term(s): Midway Island
Midway Islands
Tree number(s): Z01.107.567.875.580.375
Z01.639.760.815.482
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D006254
Scope note: A group of islands in Polynesia, in the north central Pacific Ocean, comprising eight major and 114 minor islands, largely volcanic and coral. Its capital is Honolulu. It was first reached by Polynesians about 500 A.D. It was discovered and named the Sandwich Islands in 1778 by Captain Cook. The islands were united under the rule of King Kamehameha 1795-1819 and requested annexation to the United States in 1893 when a provisional government was set up. Hawaii was established as a territory in 1900 and admitted as a state in 1959. The name is from the Polynesian Owhyhii, place of the gods, with reference to the two volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, regarded as the abode of the gods. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p493 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p2330)
Annotation: an island group in Polynesia; Hawaii is also the name of the largest island in the group
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
DeCS ID: 28063
Unique ID: D006254
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Hawaii - Preferred
Concept UI M0009812
Scope note A group of islands in Polynesia, in the north central Pacific Ocean, comprising eight major and 114 minor islands, largely volcanic and coral. Its capital is Honolulu. It was first reached by Polynesians about 500 A.D. It was discovered and named the Sandwich Islands in 1778 by Captain Cook. The islands were united under the rule of King Kamehameha 1795-1819 and requested annexation to the United States in 1893 when a provisional government was set up. Hawaii was established as a territory in 1900 and admitted as a state in 1959. The name is from the Polynesian Owhyhii, place of the gods, with reference to the two volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, regarded as the abode of the gods. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p493 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p2330)
Preferred term Hawaii
Midway Island - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0009813
Preferred term Midway Island
Entry term(s) Midway Islands



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