And because of the almost constant volcanic eruptions, Hawaii is the only state that is still increasing land area, by 42 acres a year. I would imagine that is a cartographer’s nightmare.
Ancient Hawaiians believe that the heavier a woman, the more beautiful she was. They must have a real problem with obesity.
Only 7,000 people live on Molokai, the former leper colony. And it is the only Hawaiian island I have not visited.
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 ethnicities. That begs the question, do they qualify as “native Americans”, and are they entitled to the same benefits as Native Americans on the mainland and Alaska?
Hawaii is our southernmost state. So much for all the typical Southern stereotypes. And the wettest place on earth is Mount Waialeale on Kauai, with 476 inches of rain each year. The highest cliffs in the world are located on Molokai.
But this is the show stopper: Hawaiian language has only 12 letters (A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P and W) and a symbol called ‘okina (‘) and it indicated a glottal stop (slight pause) ‘Okina is often represented by the apostrophe (‘) but its official symbol (‘) In Hawaiian language, Hawaii is written as: Hawai’i. Eevery word in Hawaiian language has to end with one of five vowels (A, E, I, O, U) The kahakō symbol is a line placed over a vowel. It directs speakers to stretch out a vowel sound.
Hawaii has its own time zone, and does not observe Daylight Saving Time. Hawaii is located 2390 miles away from the North American mainland. It is 3850 miles from Japan, and 4900 miles from China. It sure does not stop their tourists from visiting! But Hawaii is the second widest state, after Alaska. It is the longest island chain in the world. And if you dig straight down (antipodal) from Oahu or Hawaii, you will end up in Botswana and Namibia.
Do you wonder why Hawaii has no billboards? They are outlawed, as they are in other states, like Maine, Alaska, and Vermont.
No building on the island of Kauai can be taller than a palm tree. No mention of treehouses.
The macadamia nut is not native to Hawaii, as it came from Australia in the 1880s. It became a crop in the 1920s.