Interesting Facts about the Hawaiian Islands
It is no secreted that Hawaii is an amazing destination, filled with must see sites, stunning beaches, endless adventure, and so much history and culture. The unique mix of tropical environment and cultural melting pot makes it a desirable place for many different origins, and the history of the islands dates back thousands of years, making Hawaii a place unlike any other.
Here are a list of interesting facts that will get you ready for your trip:
- The earliest arrival of voyagers dates to about 800AD.
- Captain Cook was the first European voyager to discover the islands, in about 1778.
- The island chain is the only state that is surrounded entirely by water.
- Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
- Hawaii is the southernmost state in the US.
- The island of Ni’ihau is privately owned and the owner of the island must extend an invitation for a visit.
- There is no single majority ethnicity among the state’s residence.
- There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W.
- Lahaina, Maui was once the state’s capital, before the capital was moved to Honolulu.
Mauna Kea, on the Big Island, is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from its base on the sea floor.
- Mauna Kea routinely receives snow in the winter, and every so often, Haleakala on Maui will receive a dusting.
- There are no snakes in Hawaii, except in the Honolulu Zoo.
- There are no billboards in Hawaii.
- Hawaii is the only state to once have a monarchy.
- The Iolani Palace on Oahu is the only royal palace in the United States.
- The Iolani Palace had electricity before the White House.
- Mt. Waialealea on Kaui is the wettest spot on Earth, receiving nearly 500 inches of rain per year.
- By law, no building on Kauai can be taller than a palm tree.
- The Big Island is more than twice the size of all other islands combined.
- Mt. Kilauea adds about 42 acres per year to the Big Island.
- In total, there are 132 islands in Hawaii, 8 of which are the main islands.
- The state fish is the Reef Triggerfish, or humuhumunukunukuapua'a
You will learn so much more about the islands once you arrive. Be sure to make note of your favorite facts to share with your friends and family once you get back home.
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