Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA
Honolulu, the capital of Hawai‘i, is located on the Island of O‘ahu. O‘ahu is known as “The Gathering Place,” due to its diverse ethnic mix—more than 20 percent of residents report two or more ancestries, the most popular of which include Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific-Islander. The spirit of aloha has long welcomed tourists who come from all over the world to enjoy Hawaii’s pounding surf, sandy beaches, active volcanoes, lush forests, and cultural traditions.
Despite its paradise-like setting, Hawai‘i is not immune to the issue of marine debris. The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote archipelago in the world and unfortunately a hot spot for marine debris accumulation. Due to various oceanic features, these islands act as a “comb” for foreign and domestic debris from across the greater Pacific. Each year, tons of derelict fishing gear and trash may be found strewn along otherwise pristine Hawaiian beaches and coral reefs. Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, and humpback whales become entangled in and injured from derelict fishing nets and other debris.
- Country: 50th US State
- Currency: US Dollar
- Language: English; second most spoken language is Japanese
- Time Zone: Hawai‘i Pacific Standard Time (5-6 hours behind US East Coast, 19 hours behind Tokyo) ; UCT10
- Weather: Average year-round temperature is 77˚ (25˚C). For up-to-date weather, click here.
- Diversity: Hawaiian Host Culture
- Ethnically Diverse Community: 32% Mixed Ancestry; (17% Part Hawaiian); 24% Caucasian; 21% Japanese; 7% Filipino; 6% Chinese; 1% Pure Hawaiian
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