I thought names of archipelagos are always used with article the. Like in the example:
Germans love to take beach holidays in countries like the Maldives, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
However I encountered the example where the rule seems to be ignored:
When I went to Hawaii, my favorite island was Kauai.
Apparently I don't know how to use the article with names of chain of islands. So I would like you to teach me.
P.S. At first I thought maybe Hawaii is not considered an archipelago because it might be a part of some bigger island chain but wikipedia actually states that it is an archipelago in its own right: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archipelago