Interesting facts about Hawaii

Posted on Nov 29, 2021      20

The beautiful Hawaiian Islands, or simply Hawaii, are the epitome of “heaven on earth” for many people. And indeed, these are the very islands of paradise that are portrayed in the enticing brochures of travel agencies. But even in paradise is not all smooth sailing - there are social tensions, and the risk of natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and typhoon attacks, and much more. However, tourists who come to Hawaii only for a short time are not usually affected by all this.

Facts about Hawaii

  • The official nickname of the state of Hawaii is “the Aloha State,” meaning “the hospitable state,” or “the hospitality state.”
  • Besides English, Native Hawaiians have their own language, Hawaiian.
  • Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano is the highest mountain on the planet, if you count from the foot, not from sea level. Most of Mauna Kea is hidden under the water column. The full height of the volcano is 10,203 meters and the height above sea level is 4,205 meters. This is the highest point of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • There are 3 active volcanoes in Hawaii, considered one of the most active on the planet.
  • Hawaii is the furthest from civilization and the most densely populated place on Earth, the distance from Hawaii to the U.S. coast is 3700 kilometers.
  • There is snow on the tops of Hawaii mountains.
  • Hawaii is the name of both the state and the island. To avoid confusion, the largest of the islands is so called - “Big Island”.
  • In 1935, Amelia Earhart made the first ever solo flight from Hawaii to California, which lasted 18 hours. So many pilots died attempting such a long solo flight that a special decision by the U.S. government eventually banned all attempts, but Earhart secured special permission for herself.
  • The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and he considers himself a Hawaiian.
  • Hawaii is home to the wettest place on earth, once receiving almost 17,000 mm of rainfall in a year. This is the area of the volcano Waialeale.
  • Iolani Palace, the former residence of Hawaiian monarchs in downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace in the United States.
  • The Hawaiian archipelago stretches 2,451 km, making Hawaii the longest chain of islands on Earth.

  • Over 6 million tourists visit Hawaii every year.
  • Hawaii is the youngest of the American states.
  • Hawaii’s world-famous Waikiki beach was artificially created, the sand was brought from California.
  • Hawaii is the only American state where coffee is grown.
  • Over 320,000 tons of pineapples are grown in Hawaii every year.
  • All the Hawaiian Islands are in a zone of volcanic activity. Earthquakes are, alas, not uncommon here.
  • The tallest coastal cliffs in the world frame the edge of the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters, 5 vowels and 7 consonants.
  • The average life expectancy in Hawaii is higher than in all other American states.
  • Hawaii is home to one-third of the total number of endangered species in the United States.
  • Hawaiians eat over 6 million cans of canned ham each year.
  • The top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano is ideal for astronomical observations. NASA telescopes and observatories of various countries are located here.
  • Hawaii’s land area is slowly but steadily growing because of constant volcanic eruptions.
  • On average, tourists spend about $11 billion a year in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii is the only U.S. state that is not geographically in North America.
  • Hawaii is the only U.S. state with no straight lines within its borders.
  • Ancient Hawaiians considered obesity attractive.
  • There are no snakes in Hawaii, and the state does everything it can to prevent them from coming to the islands.
  • The original name of the Hawaiian Islands was the Sandwich Islands.
  • The climate in Hawaii is very mild, with average annual temperatures hovering around the 25-degree mark.
  • The oldest island of the Hawaiian archipelago is Kauai, it is over six million years old.

  • Every year on June 11, Hawaii celebrates a major holiday, King Kamehameha Day. At the beginning of the century before last, Hawaiian King Kamehameha I in some cunning but peaceful Hawaiian way, united the disparate islands into a single Hawaiian state.
  • Hawaii has its own time zone.
  • Astronauts preparing for missions to the moon and Mars train to walk on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa lava fields.
  • Hawaii has a population of more than a million people, most of whom are Asians -- ethnic Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans. Native Hawaiians are just over 5%, and about 20% of the population is of mixed Hawaiian descent.
  • English is the native language for almost 75% of Hawaiians.
  • Billboards are strictly forbidden in Hawaii.
  • The jewel of the state of Hawaii is the black coral, which, strictly, is a fossilized colony of microorganisms. Hawaii is the only state in the world whose gemstone is not a mineral.
  • Almost as soon there will be a new island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Scientists estimate that the underwater volcano Loihi will reach the surface in 250,000 years. Its top is already less than a thousand meters from the surface of the ocean.
  • Ancient Lake Waiaw, nearly four kilometers above sea level, is the third largest lake in the United States.
  • On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, there are no traffic lights and no shopping malls.
  • Hawaii has the highest percentage of working women in any U.S. state.
  • One attraction of the Hawaiian island of Oahu is the world’s largest windmill. Its blades are 122 meters long.