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10 Fun Facts About Hawaii You Didn’t Know About

10 Fun Facts About Hawaii You Didn't Know About
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1. When people hear “Hawaii,” they often think of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Nihau, Kaholawe, and Hawaii. In fact, the state of Hawaii includes the Hawaiian Islands in the northwest, several small islands, and seamounts and sandbars extending 2,172 km northwest of the ‘Main Island’. Home to a wide variety of seabirds and marine life, they are collectively referred to as the Papahano Mokuakia Maritime National Monument, World Heritage Site and the largest adjacent conservation reserve on US territory. Papahanomokuachia covers 1,508,870 m2 of the Pacific Ocean and is larger than all national parks in the United States combined.

2. On February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook was killed in a war with the Hawaiians at Kealakekua Bay on the island of Hawaii (he is the British captain who discovered the island of Hawaii a year before his death) . In 1877, Princess Miriam Likelike of Hawaii donated the 528 m2 area of ​​the place of Captain Cook’s death to the UK for $1 under the stipulation that it would be ‘used to guard and maintain a monument to Captain Cook’. I did. Walk to the 8.2m white obelisk, and you will be in British territory.

3. English and Hawaiian are the official languages ​​of Hawaii. Before the arrival of Christian missionaries in 1820, Hawaii did not have a written language. Births, deaths, genealogies, battles, tales of the great patriarchs, and descriptions of natural beauty were passed down orally through song, slogan, and poetry from generation to generation. Missionaries developed the Hawaiian written language, which consisted of only 12 letters with 5 vowels and 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w). There is also an ‘okina sign’, which is indicated by a low accent (`) or left single quotation mark ( ‘). Meaning ‘separation’, this is a glottal closure that is considered a consonant.

4. Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the planet. It is located 3,862 km from the nearest home country of the United States. That’s why it has its own time zone, Hawaii Standard Time, and does not follow Daylight Savings Time. From the second Sunday in March, Hawaii is 3 hours behind Pacific Standard Time (eg West Coast of the United States) and 2 hours from the first Sunday in November.

5. The Hawaiian coin is the yellow hibiscus (pua mao hau hele), the main fish is the Hawaii goose (Branta sandvicensis), the main fish is Rhinecanthus rectangulus, the main mammal is the Hawaiian monk seal, the main marine mammal is the humpback whale, the main land mammal is the Hawaiian white bat, the yew is the kukui (Aleurites moluccana), the state is the ‘Hawaiian ponoi’ (the lyrics are written by King Kalakaua), and the state motto is Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono. (“Life on earth continues justly”).

6. Celebrities born in Hawaii include former President Barack Obama, AOL co-founder Steve Case, dancer/choreographer Carrie-Ann Inaba, singer/actor Aui Cravalho, vocalists Bruno Mars, Bette Midler and Nicole Scherzinger, actress Jason Momoa, Don Strowood, Timothy Olyphant, actresses Nicole Kidman, Maggie Q, Kelly Preston, Tia Carrere, Kelly Hu, Janelle Parrish, Lauren Graham, sports stars Michelle Wie, Marcus Mariotta, Shane Victorino, Sid Fernandez, Colton Wong, Benny Agbayani, BJ Penn, John Florence and Max Holloway.

7. Many movies were shot in Hawaii, including the following Academy Award winners. From Earth to Eternity (1953), South Pacific (1958), Dora Dora Dora (1970), Raiders (1981), Jurassic Park (1993), Avatar (2009) and The Decantant (2011). Celebrities who own real estate in Hawaii include Oprah Winfrey, Rosanne Barr, Mark Zuckerberg, Mick Fleetwood, Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Chris Christofferson, Alex Aurin and Charles Schwab. The famous aviator Charles Lindbergh loved Kipahulu, Maui so much that he was buried under the Java plum tree at Palapala Hoomau Church.

8. Kilauea means ‘elution’, which is an apt name for the shield volcano, which is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The most recent eruption began on January 3, 1983 and shows no signs of easing. From early May to early August 2018 lava flow added 3540 m2 to the island’s eastern coastline.

9. The only place in Hawaii where you can tan on the beach in the morning and snowball in the afternoon (the summit of Mauna Kea Volcano on the island of Hawaii). It is the only state in the United States where coffee, cacao and vanilla are commercially grown. Hawaii’s black coral is the only non-mineral state gemstone. Black coral is an animal related to the anemone and uses its skeleton to make beautiful jewelry. Hawaii is the only state that can claim royal history and palaces. The three palaces are Hulihee Palace in Kona, Kailua, Hawaii, the Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nunuanu, Oahu, and Honolulu, where electricity was first supplied in 1866, five years before the White House. of Iolani Palace.

10. We collect and organize only the best. Founded in 1843 in downtown Honolulu, The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is the oldest Catholic church still in use in the United States.

Located on the northern coast of eastern Molokai, the Sea Cliffs are 1 km above the sea and have a reputation as the tallest cliffs on Earth.

Founded in 1831, Maui’s Lahainaluna High School is the oldest school west of the Rocky Mountains.

Ka Lae on the island of Hawaii is widely known as South Point, the southernmost point of the United States.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, measuring over 10 km from a submarine base.

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