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The Aloha State

Hawaii was discovered by Polynesian settlers between the 3rd and 7th centuries A.D. and by British Captain James Cook in 1778. Admitted to the Union August 21, 1959, as the 50th State.
Economic mainstays: Tourism, federal defense expenditures and agriculture. State is encouraging development as an international business center.


Subtropical- normal annual temperature: 77 F. At Honolulu International Airport.

The Six Major Islands

Hawaii is a string of islands -6,423.4 sq. miles- in the north central Pacific, about 2,400 miles west of San Francisco. Stretching from northwest to southeast, they are:

Kauai- the Garden Island with its Na Pali wilderness and Waimea Canyon,

Oahu- the Meeting Place, home of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Diamond Head, National Memorial Cemetery at Punchbowl and Pearl Harbor,

Molokai- the Friendly Island,

Maui- the Valley Island Known for its walk-in volcanic crater, and Haleakala the House of the Sun,

Hawaii- the Big Island.

Hawaii's People

Resident population (1994): 1,178,600.

De facto population (1993): 1,295,100 includes average daily visitors and Hawaii-based armed forces and their dependents.

De facto population density (1990): 194 persons per sq. Mile.

Number of Households in state (1993): 379,000, with an average of 2.99 persons per household.

Median age (1993): 33.7.

Between 1980 and 1990, net in-migration accounted for nearly 48 percent of population growth. In 1992 there were 7,885 immigrants, mostly from the Philippines.


Life expectancy (1984-1986): males, 75.37 years and 80.92 years for females.

Health facilities (1992-93): 24 acute care hospitals (2,600 beds), 41 long-term care facilities (3,497 beds), and 13 specialty care facilities (739 beds).

Practices (1993): 2,803 physicians and surgeons, 971 dentists, 9,609 registered nurses and 604 pharmacists.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Legislature: 51- member House and 25- member Senate. They meet annually.

Counties: Four counties with mayors and councils.

1- City & County of Honolulu on Oahu,

2- Kauai County- includes islands of Kauai and Niihau,

3- Hawaii County- the Big Island,

4- Maui County- includes Islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe,

5- Kalawao County- consists of a portion of Molokai. It is administered by the State Department of Health and it accommodates the Hansen's Disease patients.

Hawaii has only two levels of government: State and County. Counties perform most services usually assigned to cities and towns (fire, police, refuse collection, construction and maintenance of streets ..). No separate municipalities and no independent school districts.

Hawaii's Economy

Gross State Production: $29.3 billion (1992).

Visitor Expenditures: $8.7 billion (1993).

Federal Defense Spending: $3.7 billion (1992).

Sugar Production: $251.9 million (1993).

Pineapple Production: $140.6 Million (1993).

Long Term Target: Pacific regional headquarters, international education and conference sites, health & fitness and alternate energy.


Visitors are Hawaii's major source of income.

Visitors staying overnight or longer: 6,455,000 (1994).

Visitor expenditures exclusive of trans-Pacific fares: $8.7 billion (1993).

Average expenditures per visitor per day (1993): $116 Mainlanders and $307 Japanese.

Major sources of visitors: United States 3.4 million, Japan 1.6 million and Canada 311,900 in 1993.

Hotel and resort condominium units statewide: 70,683 (1994).

Average daily room rate: $103.26.

Federal Expenditures

Federal defense expenditures represent the second largest source of income in Hawaii's economy.

Total Federal expenditures (FY 1993): $7 billion.

Total Federal defense expenditures (1992): $3.7 billion.

Military personnel and dependents (1993): 107,600.


Once Hawaii's primary source of income, agriculture remains a major contributor.

Value of crop and livestock sales (1993): $505.4 million.

Major crops other than sugar and pineapple: flower and nursery products, $69.8; macadamia nuts, $32.6 million; milk, $32.4 million; cattle, $29.2 million; egg, $15.8 million.

Foods both produced and eaten locally: Eggs, $88%; fresh fruits, 46.2%; fresh vegetables, 31.5%; beaf, 18.6%; chicken (1991), 11.3%.

Aquaculture farms statewide (1994): 105 small or medium-sized, often diversified. Overall value of aquaculture (1993): $7.5 million; value of shellfish production: $2.5 million.

Exports and Imports

Imports from U.S. mainland (1990): $8.8 billion.

Imports from foreign countries (1992): $2.4 billion.

Exports to foreign countries (1992): $604 million with $206 million originating in the State.

Hawaii's leading trading partner for both imports and exports (1989): Japan- 41% of Hawaii exports to foreign nations went to Japan.

Foreign-Trade Zones: Hawaii has three sites on Oahu and one each on Maui and Hawaii.-also has five subzones.


Fair Housing Regulations

Del Osman Realty, Inc. complies with all Federal and Local Fair Housing Regulations. Fair Housing Renter’s Housing Rights is spelled out in the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, provides civil rights protection to applicants and tenants of rented or leased residential dwelling units. These rights are also included in Chapter 515, Hawaii Revised Statutes which further expands the protection provided by State Law. Together, Federal and State laws, prohibit housing discrimination based on a person’s RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, ORIGIN, SEX, PRESENCE OF MINOR CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS OR AGE. These are called the “protected classes”. Fair Housing is good for our families, good for our communities, good for the real estate industry and for business in general. Fair housing means equal and professional real estate service to everyone. For more information about Fair Housing laws, please visit: Fair Housing Laws

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