How Many Islands Make Up the Hawaiian Islands Chain and How Big Is the Archipelago?

Hawaii consists of 137 islands, most of which are very small and uninhabited.

They spread over 6,423 square miles (16,700 sq km) of the North Pacific Ocean.

The eight major Hawaiian islands are all volcanic in origin. Several volcanoes on the islands are active today.

The Hawaiian archipelago takes its name from the largest island in the cluster, and was once known as the “Sandwich Islands”.

The Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated grouping of islands on earth, and is about 1,860 miles from the nearest continent.