Topics: Hawaii, Volcano, Hawaiian Islands Pages: 5 (1833 words) Published: August 24, 2013
Eng 111-121
November 27, 2012
Hawaii and Tourism
“Hawaii is like no other place on earth” (Gohawaii).
Hawaii attracts many tourists per year because of its history, geography, and entertainment. This state is known for its many islands, volcanoes, and climate as well. When I think about Hawaii all I imagine is standing on the beach overlooking the ocean getting hit with the nice warm breeze hearing laughter and seeing smiles. Since “Hawaii is one of the most isolated places on Earth” it makes vacationing there completely stress and worry free, because you are far away from home and nothing on your mind but having a great vacation (Neri p.4).

The state was founded by the Polynesians and it was also named by them. The word Hawaii in the Polynesian language means “Homeland” (Wikipedia). Having a name with such a powerful meaning says a lot about the state. I think it shows that anyone could look to Hawaii as their own homeland. Hawaii’s communication with Europe started when it was founded by two British Explorers (Wikipedia). James Cook and Captain Clerke were suppose to be searching for the Northwest Passage, and discovered the Hawaiian Islands on January 18, 1778. They then spent the majority of the year searching for the Northwest Passage. When Cook had no luck, he abandoned his search and turned their ship south towards the islands. Cook and Clerke arrived in Hawaii between November of 1778 and January 1779 where they landed at Kealakekua Bay. Awaiting their arrival were thousands of excited natives. When Cook decided to leave the newly found island he found that the natives had stolen one of his ships. Cook proceeded to leave, however a few days later returned with marines to take the king hostage. The king had no objections to abandoning his island and going with Cook and the marines, however the fellow natives tried convincing the king not to go. The attitudes of everyone quickly changed when word that a chief had been killed, not far up the island. “The natives attacked and the marines fired back with guns and bayonets. The battle only lasted a few minutes but when it was over, Cook lay dead on the beach” (south-pole). Since the Europeans had now discovered the Islands it progressively grew until it became the fiftieth state to join the U.S. “Hawaii’s tourism industry officially began in 1927. That year, the first luxury passenger ship, the S.S. Malolo, began voyages between San Francisco and the islands” (Neri p.34). With the new ship making voyages it brought great new revenue to the islands. However, the world changed forever when the Japanese bombed the U.S. Navy that was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th 1941. This attack made Americans weary of the Japanese and soon the Japanese were singled out; to show how loyal they were to America they signed up to fight in World War II (Neri p.35-36). Things finally started looking up for Hawaii; on August 21, 1959 it was announced that Hawaii was now a part of the United States of America. The tourism coming into Hawaii was finally picking back up too. (Neri p. 36). The amount of tourism Hawaii sees is constantly rising. As of September 2012 Hawaii has had 583,363 total visitors. Exactly one year ago in September of 2011 Hawaii only had 553,187 total visitors, that’s a 5.5% change over one year (Hawaii Tourism Authority). Many tourists go to Hawaii just because of the history of the islands, however many go for the geography as well. “There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island” (Gohawaii). No matter which of the six major islands you are on; the weather is the roughly the same with very little changes throughout the year. The fact that “tourists are attracted by Hawaii’s pleasant, sunny climate” makes Hawaii such a desirable place to vacation (Neri p. 13). Hawaii only has two seasons all year long summer, which ranges from May to October, and winter, which ranges from November to April....

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