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Funny facts and trivia of Hawaii

Did you know? Interesting facts and trivia about Hawaii

Hawaii is the most remote populated place on earth, 3,850 km from California, 6,195 km from Japan and 7,885 km from China.

The state of Hawaii consists of eight larger, populated islands and 124 small, uninhabited islets, reefs, and atolls. Hawaii stretches from the Big Island in the south to the Kure Atoll in the northwest of the island chain.

The Hawaiian archipelago is 2,451 km long, which makes Hawaii the longest chain of islands in the world.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is 37.8 degrees Celsius, measured in Pahala on April 27, 1931. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is minus 11.1 degrees Celsius, measured on Mount Mauna Kea on April 17th. May 1979. (The lowest temperature below 900 m that has ever been measured is 13.3 degrees.) Of all the 49 US states (except Alaska), the state of Hawaii has the warmest minimum temperature (-11.1 C) and the coldest maximum temperature (37.8 C). (Alaska's highest temperature ever recorded is also 37.8 c). Hawaii's average temperature in July is 27.7 degrees and in January 22.2 degrees.

Hawaii became the 50th state on August 20, 1959.

Hawaii was officially named "Aloha State" through a legislative act in 1959.

Hawaii is the furthest US state when measured from east to west.

Hawaii has the highest population density in the United States.

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. Coffee plantations in Hawaii cover approximately 25,000 square kilometers. In 2003 over 3,850,000 kilos of coffee were produced.

Sugar is grown primarily in Maui and Kauai, covering a total of 283,280 square kilometers. In 2002 340,000 tons of raw sugar were produced. It takes a ton of water to make a pound of sugar.

Hawaii produces approximately 320,000 tons of pineapples per year.

Hiram Fong from Hawaii was the first American of Asian descent to be elected to the US Senate. Fong is a descendant of Chinese immigrants and was elected to the Senate in 1959.

In the 2000 census, over 20 percent of Hawaii's residents stated that they were multiethnic. This is way more than any other US state.

Hawaii has its own time zone. It's called Hawaiian Standard Time. There is no daylight saving time in Hawaii, which means that in summer the time in Hawaii is 12 hours behind Germany and in winter it is 11 hours.

The state of Hawaii has four counties: City and county of Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.

The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only 12 letters. The five vowels are A, E, I, O, U. The seven consonants are H, K, L, M, N, P, W.

Hawaii is the only US state whose land area is growing (due to volcanic eruptions).

Hawaii is the only US state with a non-white majority of its residents.

Hawaii has the highest percentage of women in employment of any state, approximately 63 percent in 2003.

More birds are extinct in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. A total of 26 bird species became extinct and 27 more are threatened by changes in their natural environment, forest destruction, mongooses and humans.

The Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Kauai is the largest bird sanctuary in the world. It is home to numerous species of sea birds.

Hawaii had the oldest newspaper west of the Rockies - the Sandwich Island Gazette, 1836-1839.

Hawaii has the largest number of married couples living with others. This is mainly due to the low percentage of homeowners.

Life expectancy in Hawaii is the highest in the United States. She is 75 years for men and 80 years for women.

Hawaii has the lowest number of overweight people. About 19.7 percent of Hawaii's population is overweight, compared to 30 percent in the rest of the United States.

Interesting facts about Oahu

Honolulu is the "largest" city in the world. That's because the constitution of the state of Hawaii states that a Hawaii island that does not belong to a district automatically belongs to Honolulu. Thus, the entire island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, plus all the small uninhabited islands, which are also called the Nothwestern Hawaiian Islands (Northwest Hawaii Islands), are part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 2,415 kilometers long, or in other words, it has a range from Los Angeles in California to Denver in Colorado.

The world's largest wind generator is on Oahu. The windmill is on top of a 20-story building. It has two rotating blades, both 122 m long.

The Foster Botanical Garden near Iolani Palace was laid out in 1855, making it the oldest garden in Hawaii.

Waikiki attracts 72,000 visitors a day, any day of the year. That is 44 percent of all tourists who spend the average per day in the entire state of Hawaii.

The Iolani Palace, which stands in downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace in the United States.

Electric lamps existed in the Iolani Palace four years before they existed in the White House in Washington.

Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the US after Anchorage in Alaska.

Interesting facts about Maui

Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui is the largest inactive volcano in the world.

Hawaii has many plants that can only be found here. One of the most famous is the Haleakala silversword (silver sword) on Maui, which only grows in an area of ​​1,000 hectares at an altitude of 2,100 to 3,000 meters. The Silversword plant flowers only once at the end of its life cycle, which lasts between 15 and 50 years.

Hawaii has the oldest school west of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded in Lahaina in 1831.

The well-known Road to Hana on Maui's north coast is a 88 km long, narrow road with a total of 617 sharp curves and 54 single-lane bridges. Driving a car here is a real challenge; but the landscape here is breathtaking with views of the sea, the rainforest, waterfalls and cliffs.

Interesting facts about Kauai

The wettest place on earth is on the island of Kauai. The annual average rainfall on Mount Waialeale is 10 m.

Kauai has Waimea Canyon, also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". It is over 900 m deep and 19 km long.

At over six million years old, Kauai is the oldest of Hawaii's eight main islands.

In Kauai, by law, no building can be larger than a palm tree.

Kauai, also known as "The Garden Island", is known for its many green mountains, white sandy beaches and tropical landscapes. More than 60 Hollywood films have been shot here, such as Jurassic Park, Outbreak, Blue Hawaii and TV series such as Fantasy Island and Gilligan's Island.

Interesting facts about the Big Island

Not only is the Big Island the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands (it is more than twice the size of the other islands combined), but it is also home to the largest cattle ranch in the United States. Parker Ranch near Kamuela is 1,942,491 square kilometers.

Ka Lae on the Big Island is the southernmost point in the United States. The wind here blows at a constant speed of 27 knots per hour, from east to west, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Kilauea volcano on the Big Island is the largest and most active volcano on earth.

Measured from its base on the ocean floor to the top, Mauna Kea Mountain is the largest mountain in the world. It measures 4,205 m from the surface of the water to the summit, and a further 5,181 m from the surface of the water to the bottom of the sea.

The largest telescope in the world stands on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island at an altitude of 4,205 m.

Lake Waiau on the Big Island is the highest lake in the United States. It lies at an altitude of 3,968 m and is 12,000 years old.

The Big Island is the world's leading place in the cultivation of macadamia nuts and orchids.

The highest coconut tree is in Hilo and measures 28.17 m.

Interesting facts about Molokai

The highest sea cliffs in the world are on Molokai's north coast. They tower over 900 m into the sky. Molokai also has Hawaii's longest waterfall (Kahiwa Falls - 660m high) and Hawaii's longest white sand beach (Papohaku Beach - 4.8km long).

The Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai was once a leper colony. It was directed by Father Damien, a Flemish Catholic missionary who later died of the disease himself in 1889.

There are no traffic lights or shopping malls on Molokai.

The longest water reservoir in the world is in Kualapuu. It can hold 3,780,000,000 liters of water.

The first Hawaiian fossils were found in sandstone at Moomomi Dunes.

Interesting Facts About Lanai

Lanai Island once had the largest pineapple plantations in the world. At one point the island was producing 75 percent of all pineapples.

In ancient times, it was believed that evil spirits reigned on Lanai Island. Kaululaau, a young man and son of a chief from the neighboring island of Maui, was sent to Lanai to investigate the island and rid it of the evil spirits so that it could be colonized.

Lanai has only three paved roads.

Interesting facts about Kahoolawe

Kahoolawe Island was once used as a training area for the US Navy and Air Force. To this day the island is uninhabited and inaccessible to visitors. Kahoolawe was returned to the State of Hawaii in 1994 and is currently being purged by the US government.

On March 18, 1981, Kahoolawe was added to the National Register of Historic Places. At that time there were 544 archaeological and historical sites on the island.

Interesting facts about Niihau

Niihau is Hawaii's "Forbidden Island." It is privately owned and access is severely limited. Only 230 people live on Niihau.

Niihau is owned by the Robinson family, whose ancestors bought the island from King Kamehameha IV over 100 years ago. You can only visit the island if you have received an invitation from the owner or one of the indigenous people.

Interesting facts about the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Over 70 percent of all coral reefs in the United States are in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

The Northwest Hawaiian Islands became a National Monument on June 15, 2006, when President George W. Bush issued a public proclamation under the Antiques Act of 1906. The monument includes all the islands and surrounding waters, making it the largest marine wildlife sanctuary in the world. It covers 562,513 square kilometers of sea area. That's about the size of the state of California.

The Northwest Hawaiian Islands are home to over 7,000 animal species, a quarter of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. One such species are the Hawaiian sea lions, of which only about 1,400 still exist. The archipelago is also the breeding ground for 90 percent of the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle. The islands are also home to large schools of fish, many species of sea birds, and an expansive coral reef.