Modern history on the Hawaiian islands began in the mid-1700s when the first European explorers discovered them.  After the initial discovery, more people began flocking to the area, and their trades were usually one of the following: whalers, loggers or missionaries.

The influx of all these people drastically changed the already existing culture of the native Hawaiian's. The positive aspect of having missionaries on the island, however, was that they were avid recorders of history and they taught both reading and writing to those who needed an education, and they even helped open the first school in Maui.

The whaling industry was at its height from about 1840 to 1865. It ended rather quickly, however, when the oil derived from wales was replaced by a desire to utilize petroleum instead.

In 1898 the United States annexed Hawaii and became a territory of the United States in 1900. Eventually, in 1959, it became the 50th state. Currently, Hawaii is a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world and it is also a top producer in the agricultural industry.