Excerpt from A Visit in Verse to Halemaumau
Hawaii (pronounced Conventionally as if spelled Hah-wye ee, with the accent on the second syllable, and signifying Little Java. Or Fiery Java) is the most southerly and easterly, the largest, and the most recently formed of the clus... ter of eleven islets in the North Pacific Ocean which constitute the domain of the kingdom of Hawaii, the Hawaiian (hah-wye ee-an, with the accent on the second syllable, or Hahve yan,) or Sandwich Islands. It is a pile of volcanic mountain cones, or essentially a vast volcano, Which, rising from the abyss of the Pacific Ocean and attaining an altitude of nearly feet above its surface, equals, in altitude above the bottom of the sea, the highest of the Himalayas above the level of the valley of the Ganges; and as such, it presents an exposition of the volcano as a factor in the 'formation of the solid earth, which for grandeur and sublimity as a spectacle and at the same time for completeness and convenience of study, is Without a parallel on the globe.
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