20 Fun Facts About Hawaii
20 Fun Facts About Hawaii
  1. Hawaii is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands.
  2. It’s the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
  3. Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee commercially.
  4. Hawaii is the only state with a tropical rainforest.
  5. More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
  6. From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
  7. The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
  8. Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.
  9. The state’s coastline is 750 miles long, fourth in the U.S. after Alaska, Florida, and California.
  10. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from base to summit. The base is about 19,700 feet below sea level, and the summit is about 13,796 feet above sea level.
  11. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 8 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w, ‘).
  12. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.
  13. Hawaii has its own time zone and doesn’t observe daylight saving time.
  14. Hawaii’s Mount Waialeale is considered one of the rainiest spots on earth, with an average of 460 inches of rainfall per year.
  15. Surfing was invented thousands of years ago by the Polynesians who first settled Hawaii.
  16. Hawaii is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, the Haleakala crater on Maui.
  17. Iolani Palace, located in Honolulu, is the only royal palace on U.S. soil.
  18. The state fish of Hawaii, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, has more letters in its name than any other fish.
  19. Hawaii has two official languages – Hawaiian and English. However, it also has its own dialect, Pidgin English.
  20. Hawaii has the longest life expectancy in the U.S., with residents living on average 81.3 years.

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