Hawaii (Hawaiian: Hawai'i) is a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The islands were annexed as a U.S. territory in 1900. Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959. It is the only U.S. state located outside North America and the only island state. A common Hawaiian explanation of the name of Hawaiʻi is that it was named for Hawaiʻiloa, a legendary figure from a Hawaiian myth. He is said to have discovered the islands when they were first settled.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Hawaii, including manuscripts, images, and maps. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Hawaii that are available throughout the Library of Congress Website. In addition, it provides links to external Websites focusing on Hawaii and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.