How large is the group of islands that make up Hawaii?
There are a total of 137 islands that make up the Hawaiian islands, with 8 large main islands. The major islands are: Hawai’i, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.
The two lesser known islands, Niihau and Kahoolawe, are largely uninhabited. Niihau is privately owned and mainly used for ranching. As of 2009, the total population was 130 people, most of who are Native Hawaiians. Kahoolawe was established as a reserve in 1993, and can only be used for Native Hawaiian cultural purposes. It is uninhabited and access is prohibited. It was once used as a target for military purposes and currently being cleaned up of unexploded artillery shells