The state of Hawaii derives its name from its largest island, Hawaii. A common Hawaiian explanation maintains it was named for Hawai’iloa, a legendary figure from Hawaiian mythology. I always enjoyed the story I heard about how Hawaii was pronounced.
A tourist stops a local on the street in Honolulu and asks, “Could you please tell me, how do you pronounce the name? Is it Hawaii or Havaii?”
“The man politely answers, “It is pronounced Havaii.”
“Thank you very much,” the tourist replies.
The man smiles and says, “You’re velcome.”