Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 2,400 km
(1500 miles) in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii.
From west to east, Hawaii is made up of the following Hawaiian Islands:
Hawaii has been a U.S. state since 1959.
The Hawaiian islands, plus former islands now below sea level (guyots), make up the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain.
Images for kids
Hawaiian Islands from space.
A composite satellite image from NASA of the Hawaiian Islands taken from outer space. Click on the image for a larger view that shows the main islands and the extended archipelago.
Eruptions from the Hawaii hotspot left a trail of underwater mountains across the Pacific over millions of years, called the Emperor Seamounts