25 Interesting Facts About Hawaii

Hawaii, entirely composed of islands, is the only U.S. state situated in Oceania.  Hawaii’s multiple beaches, warm climate and friendly people attracts a number of tourists every year.
The Island of Hawai’i is the largest out of the group of eight islands and is called “Hawai’i Island” or “Big Island” in order to abort the confusion.
Let us find more about this North American and Asian influenced state below:

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1.Nickname

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Hawaii’s nickname is “aloha” which means “love” or “compassion”. It is used when greeting or parting from someone.
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2. Meaning Of The Name

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The word “Hawaii” is akin to the Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki which literally translates to “homeland”.
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3. Geography And Boundaries

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Hawaii is the lone state that is not geographically included in North America, is surrounded by water and has no straight line in the boundary.
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4. The PresidentpresidentBarack Obama, the President of United States Of America, is born in Hawaii.
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5. Increasing Land Area

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Because of numerous active volcanoes and therefore many volcanic eruptions, Hawaii is the only state with an increasing land area.
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6. With Relation To Space Activities

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During the 1960s, the astronauts were made to practice on the Mauna Loa’s hardened lava fields since it resembled the moon’s surface.
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7. The Snake

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The only land snake said to be in Hawaii is the tiny blind snake which is said to have been brought by the soil from Philippines.
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8. With Beaches Come The Water Sports

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Heenalu or more popularly known as surfing has said to be originated with the Polynesians who first moved to Hawaii.
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9. The Happy Face

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Hawaii homes the “Happy face spider” which has an errie resemblance to a smiling face on it’s back.
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10. Most Active

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Kilauea, in Hawaii, is the most active volcano in the world! The very apt meaning of it’s name is “spewing” and it has been erupting since thirty years.
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11. World’s Tallest

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Mauna Kea, whose peak is covered in snow throughout the winters, is the tallest volcano of Hawaii.
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12. The Water Falls

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There are many spectacular waterfalls along the cliffs of the Big Island and so remotely placed that they can be seen only from the sea or from the air.
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13. Outlaw

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Aloha is one of the four states in America to outlaw billboards.
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14. Outlaw(s)

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It has also outlawed snakes.
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15. About The State Gem

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The state gem, black coral is not a gem but technically and animal used to make jewelry.
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16. Surprising Intermingled Cultures

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Hawaii has the highest percentage of Asian-Americans and lowest percentage of White-Americans.
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17. Local-ites

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No matter the age of duration that you’ve been in the state, only people with Hawaiian ancestry are called “Hawaiians.” Others, no matter even if born in Hawaii, call themselves “locals”.
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18. Alphabets

There are only thirteen letters in Hawaiian alphabet.
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19. The Flag

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The eight straps placed horizontally in the Hawaiian Flag represents the eight main islands of the state.
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20. The Weighty Issues

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Ancient Hawaiians believed that the heavier a woman, the more beautiful she was.
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21. Equality Of Races

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There are no racial majorities in Hawaii.
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22. Eccentricism

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While when most of our ancestors played flutes with their mouth, the people of Hawaii played it with their nose.
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23. Own Time Zone

Hawaii doesn’t observe the Daylight Saving Time (the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight) and has its own time zone.
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24. Deadly Volcanic Eruption

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The deadliest volcanic eruption in America was in 1790 was when volcano Kilauea erupted, killing about 5,000 people.
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25. Oldest Cathedral

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The oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United Sates is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, built in 1843, Honolulu.
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