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Hawaii (Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi) is the 50th state in the United States and where the entire show takes place. It is made up of 8 islands: Hawaiʻi ("Big Island), Maui, Kaho'olawe, Lāna'i, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Kaua'i and Niʻihau (a private island). The capital is Honolulu and is located on Oahu where the show takes place the most, though other some islands of Hawaii would be touched upon. The island is located 2,000 miles from the Mainland.


The archipelago was settled some 1,000 years ago by Polynesian voyagers who came to call the various islands their home and gradually evolved into their own distinct culture. In the 1700s, the natives came into contact with Europeans for the first time, specifically the Englishman Captain James Cook(who referred to the archipelago as the "Sandwich Islands") and his crew, who unfortunately didn't return the kindness they were shown by the indigenous Hawaiians.

Contact between the natives and Europeans gradually increased, with much interaction between the two being missionary work of the Europeans who sought to convert the natives to Christianity (and did so with significant success). Several Hawaiian monarchs in this time sought to Christianize their realm by banning multiple native practices deemed as pagan and idolatrous (such as hula, a dance dedicated to the gods of the Hawaiian pantheon), while simultaneously trying to preserve the non-idolatrous aspects of the culture.

The native dynasty ended with Queen Liliʻuokalani's overthrowing and forced exile from the islands, which fell under American occupation. Chinese and Japanese workers had begun immigrating to Hawaii at that time to work for wealthy white families, with many of their descendants still there to this day.

A turning point in Hawaiian-and world-history was December 7th, 1941, when Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor, a U.S. military base on the island of Oʻahu. Hundreds of soldiers were killed, and many more wounded; thereafter the President of the United States entered America into World War II as retaliation. The attack had negative ramifications on American society, most notably an increased hostility towards the Japanese Empire(and racism against the Japanese in general), which in turn led to the incarceration of thousands of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps.

At the end of World War II, the Japanese Empire lost the war, along with the other Axis Powers, and incarcerated Japanese-American citizens were gradually released. Pearl Harbor became a memorial to all who died in the attacks, and the archipelago was eventually declared the 50th state of America.