What was the original name of the hawaiian islands?

Answer The original name of the Hawaiian islands is said to have been Hawaiki, after the traditional home of the Polynesians. It was also dubbed the "Sandwich Islands" in 1778 by British captain James Coo... Read More »

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What was the earlier name of the Hawaiian islands?

In 1778, Capt. James Cook, from Britain, discovered the Hawaiian Islands. He named them after his sponsor, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and the Islands became known as the Sandwich Islands.References:... Read More »

What was the name of the Hawaiian Islands until 1840?

In January of 1778, British ships under the command of Captain James Cook visited the Hawaiian Islands. This was the first western contact with the islands. Cook named the archipelago the "Sandwich... Read More »

How many islands& atolls comprise the Hawaiian islands?

Hawaii's eight main islands--Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau--make up 99 percent of its land mass. Of these, Hawaii is the largest, Kahoolawe is uninhabited, and Nii... Read More »

How many islands make up the Hawaiian Islands?

There are nine main Hawaiian islands and an additional nine Northwest Hawaiian Islands, for a total of 18. If the various rocks and islets in the area are also included, there are as many as 130 is... Read More »