Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, and its Pacific islands and its white sand beaches have become a tourist haven. The hundreds of islands in the Hawaiian chain cover 1,500 square miles, but only eight main islands hold the population of 1,283,388. Hawaii was a sovereign nation until a group of American businessmen deposed Queen Liliuokalani in 1893. The current capitol building in Honolulu sits across the street from the Iolani Palace, the former residence of Hawaiian royalty. The main industry in the islands is tourism, with agricultural exports such as pineapples, coffee, and macadamia nuts a distant second.