Monday, June 26, 2017

35 Amazing Facts about the Hawaiian Islands | Buy Custom Wood Maps

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” - Paul Theroux

Hawaii is indeed is synonymous to paradise, but who doesn’t agree? The island is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, scenic views, and great history. However, Hawaii is more than a picturesque island, it hides interesting facts about itself. Here are some of the most interesting and fun facts about the island. Just to make sure you know everything about it before heading in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

1.    Hawaii means Hawaiki or “place of the god” or “homeland” in the Proto-Polynesian word.

2.    Hawaii is also known as the “Aloha State” which means “love”, “compassion” and “mercy.” It came from the word alofa, from the Proto-Polynesian language. Locals use the term ‘Aloha’ for saying hello and goodbye. Our charts are beautiful, free shipping, satisfaction is guaranteed
3.    The demigod Maui taught the Hawaiians how to make fire and invented spears. He created a giant fish hook out of the jawbone of his dead grandmother. Hawaiians later named the island of Maui after the demigod.

4.    Submarine or under sea volcanoes that erupted millions of years ago formed the Hawaiian archipelago. Refined, Trendy and Realistic 3D Bathymetric Wood Charts
5.    the Hawaiian Islands sits on top of the biggest mountain range known on the planet, which is mainly submerged under water.

6.    There are three dormant volcanoes in the islands of Hawaii, namely, Mauna Kea (last erupted around 4,000 years ago), Haleakala (last erupted in 1790) and Hualalai (last erupted in 1801).

7.    If measured from its eastern region to the western region, Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

8.    Hawaii even has its own time zone, called the Hawaiian Standard Time and does not have a daylight savings time. It runs five hours behind the Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind the Pacific Standard Time.

9.    Hawaii is located 2,390 miles from the state of California; 3,850 miles from the country of Japan; 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 from the Philippine archipelago.

10.    On August 20, 1959, the union admitted Hawaii as the 50th state of the United States of America.

11.    Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and the only US President originated from outside of the continental US.

12.    One of the most prominent symbol of Hawaii are flowers. Did you know different flowers and colors use to represent these Hawaiian Islands? Here is the list of flowers and what island they represent:
  • Big Island of Hawaii – Red, Lehua Ohia
  • Kahoolawe – Grey, Hinahina or Beach Heliotrope
  • Kauai – Purple, Mokihana or Green Berry
  • Lanai – Orange Kaunaoa or Yellow and Orange Air Plant
  • Maui – Pink Lokelani or Pink Cottage Rose
  • Molokai – Green, White Kukui Blossom
  • Niihau – White, Pupu Shell
  • Oahu – Yellow,  Ilima

13.    The Hawaiian alphabet only contains 12 letters, A, E, I, O, U (for vowels) and H, K, L, M, N, P, W (for consonants).

14.    The Hawaii State Constitution claimed that any island that does not have any corresponding name belongs to Honolulu. This makes Honolulu the largest city in the world ranging 1,500 miles long.

15.    Honolulu is the 11th largest city in the United States and more than 100 famous beaches surrounds Honolulu.

16.    Meanwhile, the Oahu Island attracts more visitors than any other island in Hawaii. Why? Simply because the best surfing beaches in Hawaii are located on Oahu.

17.    The highest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is at Honolulu Airport at 96F. Carved Lake Art is located in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan
18.    Hawaii’s seventh largest inhabited island, Niihau serves as home to 130 residents. They have no cars and no paved roads.

19.    The Lanai is the most secluded Hawaii Island. Refined, Trendy and Realistic 3D Bathymetric Wood Charts
20.    Tourist flock Maui island because of several well-known attractions like the road to Hana, Kaanapali beach, Haleakala Crater, and the old town of Lahaina.

21.    Hawaii is home to the most active volcano, the Kilauea volcano and to the biggest dormant volcano, the Haleakala Crater.

22.    The best diving spot in the world can be found in Halupe Bay in the Kaho’olawe Island. It is also considered as a marine preserve.

23.    The Big Island of Hawaii produces the most macadamia in the world.

24.    In the United States, Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee in the country.

25.    Hawaii also produces one-third of the world’s pineapple supply.

26.    Voyaging Polynesians first discovered the Big Island. It is also the youngest of all the Hawaiian Island with about 800,000 years old.

27.    Hawaii is the only state not geographically located in North America, and the only state that is surrounded by water. The Island of Hawaii is also the only state that does not have a straight line in its boundary.

28.    During the 60's, astronauts used to train on the hardened lava fields on Mauna Loa in preparation for moon voyages.

29.    Hawaii is the only state in the world to have and increasing land area because of constant volcanic eruptions.

30.    There are no racial majorities in Hawaii, everyone belongs to the minority group and most of the population has mixed ethnicitys. Caucasians or "haoles" compose 33% of the total population, Filipino-Americans about 16%, Japanese are around 33% and Chinese-American around 5% of the total people residing on the island.

31.    Mt. Waialeale is the second rainiest place in the world and is located on Kauai Island. The average rainfall per year is at 450 inches. 3D Nautical Wood Chart Maps
32.    The hula dance was initially a form of worship for the Hawaiian god Luka. Only highly trained men area allowed to perform hula who supposedly were taught by the god. Carved Lake Art is located in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan
33.    Hawaiians never felt compelled to diet during the ancient times. Hawaiians believed that the heavier a woman, the more beautiful she becomes.

34.    Every year, park rangers who patrolled the Hawaii National Park received packages from tourist. These packages contain rocks from Kilauea. Senders claim that the rocks offered them bad luck from Pele. Pele is the goddess of lightning, dance, volcanoes, fire and violence.

35.    In 1778, Captain Cook arrived in Hawaii and was greeted as the Hawaiian God, Lono. His party arrived exactly at the same time when Hawaiians were celebrating a sacred festival.  Natives even believed that the ships were floating islands.

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