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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) was established in the Hawaiian Islands in 1850. After the construction of the Hawaii Temple, the Latter-day Saints founded Church College of Hawaii, now Brigham Young University Hawaii, which now includes the associated Polynesian Cultural Center, the state's largest living museum, and an entertainment center.

Missionaries lead a group of Hawaiian Latter-day Saints in establishing a colony on the island of Lānaʻi in 1854. Walter Gibson purchased land on the island of Lanai with funds from the colony in his own name, but was excommunicated after an LDS Church investigation accused him of preaching false doctrine.

More on the LDS Church:

http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Hawaii,_the_Church_in
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The Hawaiian hawk or ʻio is a raptor endemic to Hawaiʻi, and it's habitat is on the Big Island. The Hawaiian hawk was a royal symbol in Hawaiian legend, and it is sometimes called ʻiolani, or exalted hawk, which was the name of Kamehameha IV and the ʻIolani Palace.

Follows is a link on more of the subject:

https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/fauna/HIhawk.html
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Mongoose are a weasel-like animal totaling about 26″ in length with a long, brownish body, short legs and a tail as long as its body. Mongoose are opportunistic feeders that will eat birds, small mammals, reptiles, insects, fruits, and plants. They prey on the eggs and hatchlings of native ground nesting birds and endangered sea turtles. The mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced to Hawai’i Island in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields on Maui, Moloka’i and O’ahu.

Follows is more on the mongoose:

http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hi?Animals.mongoose
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Rip currents (beach's #1 killer) in Hawaii occur when water rushes through a low point in a sandbar. Since waves keep pushing more water into the basin between the sandbar and the beach, the rip current may continue for several minutes, or even several hours. Some rip currents are brief occurrences, but others are long-term fixtures of an area.

Follows is a link with more about rip tides

https://www.hawaii-aloha.com/blog/2016/11/16/visitor-safety-alert-what-are-rip-currents-in-hawaii/
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Hawaiian flora is beautiful and diverse. A subtropical region, Hawaii has a year-round warm climate and soil heavy with volcanic ash - two elements that play a role in the healthy growing of a wide variety of flowers and plants. There are three categories of Hawaiian flora – endemic, native and introduced. Endemic refers to those flowers, plants and trees found only in Hawaii. These are the flowering and non-flowering plants and trees that were brought to Hawaii by natural means, such as wind, tides and birds. Native refers to those species occurring in the Hawaiian Islands, but found elsewhere in the world. The third category includes foreign or introduced plant species. These are plants brought to Hawaii by people.

Follows is a link to exploring Maui's gardens:

http://www.mauiexplored.com/flowers.html
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The reef triggerfish, also known by its Hawaiian name, humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa meaning "triggerfish with a snout like a pig. The fish can lock its main spine into an upright position. Locking its spine while sheltering inside a small crevice makes it difficult for a predator to pull the fish out. When fleeing from predators, the triggerfish will sometimes make grunting noises, possibly a call to warn other nearby triggerfish of danger.

Follows is more about the triggerfish:

https://www.perfectdayshawaii.com/hawaii-state-fish-story/#.WRtJFVKZNFQ
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In 1893, in the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Dole overthrew Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and established a new provincial government with Dole as president. The coup occurred with the foreknowledge of John L. Stevens, the U.S. minister to Hawaii, and 300 U.S. Marines from the U.S. cruiser Boston were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overthrow_of_the_Kingdom_of_Hawaii
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While the waters off the Hawaiian coast are certainly beautiful and enticing, the world below the surface is home to some deadly secrets. From shark attacks to rogue waves, rip currents, and various sea creatures, your favorite Hawaiian waters are no doubt full of things that can be harmful.

Follows is a link:

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/hawaii/deadly-hi-waters/
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Kāanapali is in Maui County, Hawaii. Amfac, Inc. started to develop Kaanapali Beach Resort in the 1960s, on mile-long Kāʻanapali Beach on the western shore of Maui, a couple miles north of the old whaling town of Lahaina. Since that time, many more hotels and condos have been built both on Kāʻanapali Beach and for several miles up and down the coast, and Lahaina has turned into a tourist shopping area. The Kapalua-West Maui Airport is a small regional airport that serves West Maui, including Kāanapali, Lahaina and Kapalua.

For more:

http://www.gohawaii.com/maui/regions-neighborhoods/west-maui/kaanapali-beach/
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Niihau is the westernmost and seventh largest inhabited island in Hawaiʻi. It has a population of about 200 residents. The Robinson family purchased the island in 1864 from the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The people of Niihau are known for their gemlike shell lei craftsmanship, and speak Hawaiian as a primary language. The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island's owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and invited guests, giving it the nickname "The Forbidden Isle."

Follows is more about Niihau:

http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/kauai/niihau/
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