Writing & Editing Attention, editors and bloggers: Hawaii is NOT a country In a short story from The Huffington Post about celebrities surprising troops for the holidays, a reporter slipped up and called the state a nation. By Kevin Allen@kevin_j_allenDec. 13, 2013 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content “A previous version of this article referred incorrectly to Hawaii as an independent country.” To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.