are eight major islands in the Hawaiian chain, each formed
by volcanic activity
over millions of years. Hawai`i is the only state
that is formed entirely from volcanic material.
The Island of Hawai'i (bottom right on the map), also
called the Big Island, is the largest and youngest
of the islands. One volcano on this island is still
erupting, adding new land to the island each day.
The older islands, some no more than atolls,
stretch to the northwest covering an area of more than
6,000 square miles in the north central Pacific Ocean.
Hawai'i is located in the Tropic of Cancer, approximately
1,500 miles north of the Equator, 2,390 miles from California,
3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China and 5,280
miles from the Philippines.
your tour on Hawaii's most populated island, O'ahu.