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Star lover
August 7th, 2018, 08:17 AM
Some interesting facts about Hawaii:

The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning “place of the gods” or “homeland.”

Hawaii was originally called the Sandwich Isles. This is what Captain James C. Cook named the islands in 1778 in honor of his patron the Earl of Sandwich.

The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee, cocoa, and vanilla beans. It can take as long as five years for a vanilla bean to be grown completely.

In Hawaii, no celebration's complete without a lei. And the flower garlands come with strict rules. For starters, it's impolite to refuse a lei, remove it in front of the person who gave it to you, or wear one that you intend to give to someone else. A lei should never be thrown away. Instead, it should traditionally be returned to the earth, ideally to where its flowers were gathered. And it's bad luck to give a tied lei to a pregnant woman, as it suggests an umbilical cord around a baby's neck.

More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Vowels: A, E, I, O, U Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W and a symbol called 'okina (') and it indicated a glottal stop (slight pause).

From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world. Because of its continuous volcanic eruptions, Hawaii is the only state in the nation to have an increasing land area. Hawaii increases by about 42 acres a year.

The Hawaiian Archipelago consists of over 130 scattered points of land stretching some 1,600 miles in length from the Kure Atoll in the north to the Island of Hawaii in the south.

The first Asian American in the United States Senate was Hawaii's Hiram Fong. Descended from Chinese immigrants, Fong was elected to the Senate in 1959.

Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.

There are no billboards in Hawaii. Others states that have banned billboards are: Alaska, Maine, and Vermont.

Gambling is illegal in Hawaii.

All the beaches are public (with the exception of a few government-use beaches). Residents or businesses who attempt to obstruct public access to beaches can face hefty fines.

Hawaii is home to the unique “Happy Face Spider” (Theridion grallator), which bears an uncanny resemblance to a smiling face on the back of its abdomen.


Only two types of mammals are native to Hawaii - the hoary bat and the monk seal. There are no snakes native to Hawaii. The Brahminy blind snake is the one snake that lives in Hawaii; it was imported from the Philippines, is harmless and is about the size of an earthworm. In fact snakes are outlawed in Hawaii.

Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time.) The time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.

All subterranean minerals belong to the state. Except for state owned water, some lava stone, and minor granites and semi-precious minerals, there are few underground minerals.

The wind blows east to west in Hawaii. The highest recorded temperature is 96' F (Honolulu Airport). The lowest temperature (under 3000 feet altitude) is 56' F.

There are no racial or ethnic majorities in Hawaii. Everyone is a minority. Caucasians (Haoles) constitute about 34%; Japanese-American about 32%; Filipino-American about 16% and Chinese-American about 5%. It is very difficult to determine racial identification as most of the population has some mixture of ethnicities.

ISLAND OF NIIHAU A privately owned island, with livestock raising as its principal industry. There is highly limited access by general public through helicopter landings at uninhabited sites. Legend says Niihau was the original home of the goddess Pele. The island has a population of 230, and is 69 square miles.

The island was purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair in 1864 from King Kamehameha V for $10,000 in gold and private ownership passed on to her descendants, the Robinson family.

ISLAND OF KAUAI: The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

By law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree.

The Waialua River is one of five navigable river in Hawaii. It drains off Waialeale Mountain, which averages 488 inches of rain per year and is considered the wettest spot on earth.


The Waimea, the Hanape'pe, the Lumahai and the Hanalei River are almost as big and quite navigable. The Hanalei River was dedicated a "national treasure" recently and is under government protection from use as a "place of business".

Honolulu is the largest city in the world -- at least it has the longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states.

Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States. Electric lights illuminated Iolani Palace four years before the White House in Washington D.C. had them.


The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories high.

The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state's best surfing beaches are on Oahu.

In 1968, Diamond Head was declared a National Natural Landmark. The crater, also called Diamond Head Lookout was used as a strategic military lookout in the early 1900s. Spanning over 475 acres (including the crater’s interior and outer slopes), it served as an effective defensive lookout because it provides panoramic views of Waikīkī and the south shore of Oahu.


The island is home to many famous attractions including Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana, and Kaanapali Beach.

Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), is the world's largest dormant volcano.


Molokai is known as the most Hawaiian Isle.

Molokai's east end is a tropical rain forest and part of the island receives 240 inches of rainfall a year.

Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park is home to rare African and Indian animals.

Kalaaupapa was once a leper colony administered by Father Damien.

The island contains the world's highest sea cliffs, Hawaii's longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state.


The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii's most secluded.


The island was once the home of the world's largest pineapple plantations.

ISLAND OF KAHOOLAWE Once used as a target by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the services are cleaning up unexploded shells. No one is allowed to go ashore without permission. The island consists of an uninhabited area of 45 square miles.


THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII The Big Island is Hawaii's largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.

The largest contiguous ranch, in the United States, is in Hawaii. The Parker Ranch near Kamuela has about 480,000 acres of land.


Kilauea volcano is the world's most active.


Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States. There is a constant 27 knots per hour wind blowing east to west, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year.

Kilauea Iki is the world's most active and largest volcano.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (measured from its base at the ocean floor).

The island houses the world's biggest telescope and more scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world.

The island is the worldwide leader in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids.

At Kealakekua Bay, Big Island, is a 5,682-square-foot area that was deeded to Britain for a monument to Captain James Cook. So you can literally swim from Hawaii to England.

Some tours you can take in Hawaii (thank you Lori, hulamoon):
- Dole Plantation- Wahiawa, HI
- Gay & Robinson Sugar Plantation- Kaumakani, HI
- Kauai Coffee - Kalaheo, HI
- Mauna Loa (Macadamia Nuts) - Hilo, HI
- Parker Ranch - Waimea, HI

Hawaii.....paradise......on my bucket list.....sigh.....someday....maybe?

So sorry this is long.....but couldn't leave out some of this fun info!