The United States acquired the area of Hawaii through annexation of the Republic of Hawaii on July 7, 1898. Hawaii was officially organized as a territory of the United States on June 14, 1900, with generally the same boundary as the present state. Hawaii was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, as the 50th state.
See: Geographic Terms & Concepts
Counties & County Equivalents
Interactive Map of Hawaii Counties | Static Overview Map of Hawaii Counties
Hawaii has five counties. Kalawao County, a former leper colony and now a national historic landmark, does not function as a governmental unit and is administered by the State Department of Health. Honolulu County and city are governmentally consolidated, but through agreement with the State of Hawaii, the Census Bureau does not recognize the city for statistical purposes.
There are 44 county subdivisions in Hawaii. They are all census county divisions (CCDs), which are delineated for statistical purposes, have no legal function, and are not governmental units.
Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places (CDPs))
Hawaii has 151 places; all are census designated places (CDPs). Hawaii is the only state that has no incorporated places recognized by the Census Bureau. In agreement with the state, the legal consolidation of Honolulu County and city is not recognized for census purposes except for the Census of Governments.
Alphabetical List of Cities, Towns, CDPs and Other Populated Places
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q, R | S | T | U, V | W, X, Y, Z
Hawaii Civil Features
Hawaii Civil Features: Political Subdivisions, Native Areas, Land Grants, etc. - sorted by Census Class Codes.
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
There are 2 Metropolitan and 2 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in Hawaii. HI Metopolitan & Micropolitan Areas
Hawaii ZIP Code Tabulation Areas
There are 94 ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs) in Hawaii. View Hawaii ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps.
Hawaii has one unified school district, covering the entire state and administered by the Hawaii Department of Education. View Hawaii Public and Private Schools.
Hawaii has 2 congressional districts. An interactive map shows the contact information for each Representative as well as the boundaries for each Hawaii district. View Map of Hawaii Congressional Districts.
State Legislative Districts
There are 25 state senate districts and 51 state house districts in Hawaii. There is one state house district and one state senate district not defined which are comprised solely of water area.
Native Hawaiian Areas
There are 75 Hawaiian home lands in the state of Hawaii. Hawaiian home lands are unique to Hawaii and are lands held in trust for Native Hawaiians by the state, pursuant to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, as amended.
Other Information Of General Geographic Interest
The State of Hawaii is composed of seven main inhabited islands—Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau--and several smaller uninhabited islands along with the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The northwestern Hawaiian Islands are part of the City and County of Honolulu, except for the Midway Islands, which are under the control of the Federal Government and are not part of the state.
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth. It is 2,390 miles (3,850 km) from California, 3,850 miles (6,195 km) from Japan and 4,900 miles (7,885 km) from China.