Interesting Facts about Hawaii
Surely you know that there are fantastic beaches and great surf spots in Hawaii – but do you already know these exciting facts about Hawaii?
Do you certainly think that colorful and flower-printed clothing is just a cliché? Not correct! Most people here really wear flower dresses or typical Hawaiian shirts. You can often see women with a flower in their hair or the famous flower wreath around their necks. Here are some more interesting just like this one.
- Hair plays an important role in the Hawaiian beauty ideal, has grown extremely long and is worn openly. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman.
- Hawaii is the most remote populated place on earth, 3,850 km from California, 6,195 km from Japan and 7,885 km from China.
- The state of Hawaii consists of eight populated islands and 124 small, uninhabited islands, reefs and atolls. Hawaii stretches from the Kure Atoll in the northwest to the Big Island in the south of the island chain.
- The Hawaiian Archipelago is 2,451 km long, making Hawaii the longest island chain in the world.
- The highest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is 37.8 degrees Celsius as measured in Pahala on April 27, 1931. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is -11.1 degrees Celsius, as measured on top of Mt. Mauna Kea on the 17th. May 1979. The lowest temperature at a height of 900 meters ever measured is 13.3 degrees. Of all the 49 US states (except Alaska), the state of Hawaii has the warmest minimum temperature of -11.1 C and the coldest maximum temperature of 37.8 C. (Alaska’s highest temperature ever measured is also 37.8 c). Hawaii’s average July temperature is 27.7 degrees and January 22.2 degrees.
- By legislation, Hawaii was given the official name of “Aloha State.” In 1959. Hawaii became the 50th US state on August 20, 1959. From east to west, Hawaii is the furthest US state and has the highest population density in the US.
- Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. Coffee plantations in Hawaii extend to around 25,000 square kilometers. In 2003, more than 3,850,000 kilos of coffee was produced.
- Sugar is grown mainly on Maui and Kauai, for a total of 283,280 square kilometers. In 2002, 340,000 tons of raw sugar were produced in Hawaii. It takes one ton of water to make one pound of sugar.
- About 1/3 of the world’s pineapples come from Hawaii. Hawaii produces about 320,000 tons of pineapple each year.
- Hiram Fong from Hawaii was the first American of Asian descent to be elected to the US Senate. Fong is a descendant of Chinese immigrants and was elected to the Senate in 1959.
- In the 2000 census, more than 20 percent of Hawaii’s residents have a multiethnic origin. This is far more than any other US state.
- Hawaii has its own time zone. It’s called Hawaiian Standard Time. There is no summertime in Hawaii.
- Hawaii has four districts: City and County of Honolulu (Honolulu City and District), Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.
- The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only 12 letters. The five vowels are A, E, I, O, U and the seven consonants are H, K, L, M, N, P, W.
- Hawaii is the only US state whose land surface is getting bigger (by volcanic eruptions).
- Hawaii is the only US state whose majority of residents are not white.
- Of all US states, Hawaii has the highest percentage of women in employment, about 63 percent in 2003.
- Hawaii is the wettest place in the world with an average annual rainfall of 11,684 mm.
- In Hawaii, more birds have died out than in any other place in the world. In total, 26 species of birds have died and 27 more are threatened by changes in their natural environment, forest destruction, mongooses and humans.
- The National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Kauai of Hawaii is the largest bird sanctuary in the world and home to numerous species of seabirds.
- Hawaii has the largest number of married couples living with others. This is mainly due to the low percentage of homeowners.
- Life expectancy in Hawaii is the highest in the US. It is 75 years for men and 80 years for women.
- Hawaii has the lowest number of overweight. About 19.7 percent of Hawaii’s population is overweight, compared to 30 percent in the rest of the United States.
- When Aloha, which means love, affection and is often used as a welcome and farewell, the H is emphasized. Another frequently heard word is “Mahalo” which means “thank you”.