What name did captain james cook give to the hawaiian islands?
Captain James Cook initially named the Hawaiian Island the Sandwich Islands after the Earl of Sandwich. John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, at the time the First Lord of the Admiralty and Cook's superior officer, was one of Cook's major sponsors.
There is no answer to this question. It is a common misconception that Captain James Cook (or Lieutenant, as he was then) of England discovered Australia. He did not. Australia was actually formally discovered by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in 1616. British explorer Captain Cook was the first to sight and chart Australia's eastern coast. However, Captain Cook did discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he originally called the Sandwich Islands.
CORRECTED. Aloha. Answer: The earliest settlements in the Hawaiian Islands were made by Polynesians who traveled to Hawaii. On January 18, 1778 Captain James Cook and his crew, while attempting to discover the Northwest Passage between Alaska and Asia, found the Hawaiian islands. He named them the "Sandwich Islands".