What you may not know about Hawaii

  1. Hawaii state’s nickname is “Aloha State’, because the word ‘Aloha’ is one of the most commonly used words in Hawaiian Language. Based on the context, Aloha can mean ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘love’, ‘best wishes’ or even ‘goodbye’
  1. Hawaii is the longest island chain in the world, spanning over 1,500 miles
  1. Hawaii has 4th longest coastline in the U.S. at 750 miles, behind Alaska, Florida and California
  1. There are eight main islands and 124 smaller uninhabited ones. The Big Island is twice the size of all the other islands put together.
  1. The Hawaii Islands have green, yellow, red, black and white colored beaches created by olivine, limestone, quartz, iron, lava or obsidian
  1. The Big Island grows by more than 42 acres a year due to the 30 years of near-constant eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano.
  1. From the sea floor, Mauna Kea measures 33,476 feet, more than twice as tall as Mount Everest. At 13,796 feet, Mauna Kea is Hawaii’s tallest volcano, now dormant.
  1. Ka Lae on the Big Island, aka the South Point, is the southernmost point in the United States.
  1. Everyone is a minority in Hawaii—there are no racial majorities. Haoles or Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16%, and Chinese-Americans about 5%. Most of the population has mixed ethnicity.
  1. Hawaiian words end only in vowels, and every consonant must be followed by a vowel. There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet and every word—and syllable—ends with one of five vowels. That apostrophe-like mark you see in some Hawaiian words is called an ʻ It’s a consonant that signifies a slight pause.
  1. Kona coffee is grown on the leeward side of the Big Island on the volcanic slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Any coffee cultivated outside the Kona District cannot carry the Kona name.
  1. Hawaii is the only US state with a tropical rain forest.
  1. A Lei is presented upon arriving and leaving as a form of affection. It is impolite to refuse a lei or remove it in front of the person who presented it. Lei should not be thrown away but returned to the earth by burying, burning or hanging as a decoration.
  1. Hawaiians have a longer lifespan than residents of any other state in the US with an average of 81.3 years. Probably because of their spirit of Aloha and Ohana.


Sources: RandomHistory.com; Facts.co; Mnn.com; MemtalFloss.com