20 Quick and Interesting Facts About Hawaii

Hawaii, the land of several islands is one of the most popular tourist destinations, worldwide. Located in the southernmost part of the USA, it is the only state that is geographically not located in the North America. Discover some of the most interesting facts of this island.

1. Captain James Cook, a British explorer was the first one to step his foot on the Hawaiian soil in the year 1778

2. Hawaii comprises of eight islands Iihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii

3. Hawaii is the biggest of the eight Islands

4. Hawaii is nick named as the ‘Aloha State’

5. Aloha means ‘Hello’ or ‘Good Bye’

6. Kilauea, one of the Hawaiian town is noted for its active volcanoes and is the “Guava Capital of the World”

7. Hawaii has its own time zone and it is called as the Hawaiian Standard Time. This time zone runs 2 hours behind the Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time

8. There is no day light savings time in Hawaii

9. The peak of Mauna Kea (which means ‘White Mountain’) is 4,205 meters above the mean sea level and 10,203 meters above its base on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. In reference to this measure, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain and it is taller than Mount Everest, which is the highest mountain above the sea level

10. Maui is known as the ‘Whale watching Capital’ of Hawaii’. With humpback whales, Maui is the fifth largest of the world’s whales

11. Mauna Loa has the world’s largest active volcanoes

12. Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee

13. ‘Lei’ is the Hawaiian word for a garland and it is a very popular concept in the Hawaiian culture. They drape the garland around the neck which represents symbol of affection and love

14. The beautiful yellow hibiscus which is known as the ‘Pua Aloalo’ in the local Hawaiian language is the state flower and Kukui, which is also known as the Candlenut is the state tree

15. The state animal symbols are:
• State Bird: Nene, The Hawaiian goose
• State Marine Mammal: Humpback whale
• State Fish: Humuhumunukunuku apua’a, The Reef triggerfish

16. Hawaii earns maximum revenue from tourism and agriculture that mainly includes bananas, pineapples, macadamia nuts and taro

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

18. Barack Obama (the 44th US President) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961

19. The Hawaiian language was an oral tradition and the Hawaiian alphabet (piapa) contains 12 letters: 5 vowels (A, E, I, O, U) and 7 consonants (H, K, L, M, N, P, W)

20. Hawaii is still home and land to one of the rarest species of monk seal

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