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Countries Closest to Hawaii

Can you name the countries which lie closest to the eight main islands of Hawaii?
Countries in blue represent an overseas territory or autonomous region
Quiz by TenThousand
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Last updated: August 30, 2021
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First submittedAugust 15, 2014
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km
Country
miles
1659
Kiribati
1031
3108
New Zealand (Cook Islands)
1931
3409
France (French Polynesia)
2118
3427
Marshall Islands
2129
3829
Mexico
2379
3984
Tuvalu
2475
4035
Samoa
2507
4076
Canada
2532
4337
Nauru
2695
4352
F. S. Micronesia
2705
km
Country
miles
4411
Tonga
2741
4481
Russia
2784
4542
Fiji
2822
4672
Japan
2903
5002
Solomon Islands
3108
5266
Vanuatu
3272
5640
Papua New Guinea
3505
5647
United Kingdom (Pitcairn Islands)
3509
6376
China
3962
6597
Australia (Norfolk Island)
4099
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Level 75
Aug 30, 2021
For comparison, the distance from Hawaii to mainland USA is 3676 km / 2284 miles.
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Level 95
Aug 30, 2021
This was a well done quiz! Had me stumped on Kiribati at first but I got it later on. Great work!
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Level 92
Aug 31, 2021
I spent too long going through American countries, but eventually got them all.
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Level 70
Aug 31, 2021
Quizzes of this series are always interesting. Well done!
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Level 75
Sep 1, 2021
Thanks :)
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Level 82
Aug 31, 2021
What's the distance to Alaska?
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Level 75
Sep 1, 2021
3500 km / 2175 miles, to Umnak in the Aleutian Islands.
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Level 74
Feb 2, 2023
So Hawaii is closer to Alaska than to the contiguous USA? Crazy.
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Level 64
Feb 8, 2024
I can't tell if that's sarcasm because it's really not that crazy
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Level 69
Sep 1, 2021
Shouldn't Taiwan be on here?
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Level 75
Sep 1, 2021
7826 km / 4863 miles.
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Level 29
Sep 13, 2021
Out of curiosity, what part of China is closer than Taiwan by 900 miles?
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Level 75
Sep 13, 2021
A point near Khabarovsk.
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Level 80
Aug 15, 2022
Glad I checked the comments, that was bugging me
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Level 14
Sep 3, 2021
What about Chile through Easter Island, the US through American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, or any of the Minor Outlying Islands other than Navassa, or Australia through Norfolk Island (which just barely works, I got as low as 4103 miles on google maps)?
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Level 75
Sep 3, 2021
Chile via Easter Island 7142 km / 4438 miles; Australia via Norfolk Island 6604 km / 4104 miles. Quiz updated, thanks.
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Level 80
Aug 15, 2022
Hawaii is a US state, it's already less than a Planck length to the US by definition.
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Level 76
Jan 18, 2023
That's a bit hyperbolic.
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Level 66
Sep 11, 2021
USA should be closest, given that it is in the USA.
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Level 41
Sep 11, 2021
Would you say that the USA is the closest country to Manhattan?
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Level 92
Dec 2, 2021
I would. Trying to think what the closest point would be to Hawaii. Palmyra Atoll, maybe?
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Level 92
Dec 2, 2021
Looks like it's probably Johnston Atoll. About 530 miles to the Hawaiian Tern Island
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Level 30
Sep 13, 2021
Chile (Easter Island)?
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Level 75
Sep 13, 2021
See our answer to Corlin above.
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Level 69
Sep 16, 2021
Quizzes like these remind me just how big the Pacific really is. Well made.
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Level 75
Sep 16, 2021
Thanks. North America would fit into the Pacific Ocean six (yes, six) times, with enough sea left over to fit the United States in all over again.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2022
Just forgot Mexico
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Level 47
Mar 21, 2022
isnt the mainland usa like rly rly close? whys it not on

the fact i forgot hawaii was part of the us for a second omg

#embarrased

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Level 44
Jun 21, 2022
Why are the Pitcairn Islands considered part of the UK?
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Level 75
Jun 22, 2022
That one was Dan's call. Pitcairn Islands are a British Overseas Territory (BOT) and he counts that as a part of the UK. BOTs are not actually a part of the UK, despite coming under its jurisdiction.
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Level 44
Jun 23, 2022
Makes sense. It's difficult to legislate for every status in a quiz with one theme I guess. Thanks for clearing that up :D.
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Level 60
Sep 28, 2022
From Nukumanu Islands in Papua New Guinea to Ka'Ula Island in Hawaii it is much closer at 3254 miles
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Level 74
Oct 24, 2022
Palau???
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2022
7126 km
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Level 63
Apr 27, 2023
Palau is literally right next to the Philippines.
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Level 54
Feb 9, 2023
I've been doing these types of quizzes back to back and never even considered the fact that Hawaii is not a country... Kept trying USA with no luck, but eventually got them all.
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2023
Almost missed Mexico! I thought I'd forgotten a Pacific island somewhere...
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Level 63
Apr 27, 2023
Almost missed Russia, but got it.
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Level 50
Feb 8, 2024
Russia?
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Level 56
Feb 8, 2024
Just for kicks, how close is Indonesia?
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2024
6933 km / 4308 miles.
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Level 63
Feb 8, 2024
Mexico is tough! All the others are pretty doable if you know your Polynesia (even if, like me, you can't ID the islands by location). Also surprised on the Indonesia omission.
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Level 44
Feb 10, 2024
How is Philippines not on the list?
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2024
It's 7901 km / 4909 miles away.
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Level 60
Feb 11, 2024
This is probably my favorite "Countries Closest to" because you have to think in all sorts of directions. If only Chile made it on the quiz.
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Level 18
Feb 12, 2024
Bro, why is france on there???
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Level 75
Feb 12, 2024
Because French Polynesia is a part of France.
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Level 50
Feb 14, 2024
lol