Hawaii Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
Hawaii Famous Firsts, Hawaii Interesting Facts, Hawaii Trivia
The Hawaiian Islands were originally settled by Polynesian immigrants more than 1000 years ago but remained unknown to Europeans until Captain James Cook landed there in 1778.
More Hawaii Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
- The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau,
Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of
- Hawaii is 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.
- Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
- More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of
pineapples comes from Hawaii.
- There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
- Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
- Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W
- From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United
- The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest
mountain range in the world.
- Honolulu's zenith star, (the star that rises directly above it)
is Arcturus. The Hawaiians called it Hokule'a. (Hoe koo lay uh.)
- Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed
the islands of Hawaii.
- The Hawaiian Archipelago consists of over 130 scattered points
of land stretching some 1,600 miles in length from the Kure Atoll in
the north to the Island of Hawaii in the south.
- The first Asian American in the United States Senate was
Hawaii's Hiram Fong. Descended from Chinese immigrants, Fong was
elected to the Senate in 1959.
- Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th,
- Island flowers and colors used to represent each island.
- Niihau - Pupu Shell - White
- Kauai - Mokihana (Green Berry) - Purple
- Oahu - Ilima -Yellow
- Maui - Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose) - Pink
- Molokai - White Kukui Blossom - Green
- Lanai - Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant) - Orange
- Kahoolawe - Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope) - Grey
- Big Island of Hawaii - Lehua Ohia - Red
- Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is
no daylight savings time.) The time runs two hours behind Pacific
Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
- There are four counties in Hawaii (Kauai; city and county of
Honolulu; Maui; and Hawaii). Each city has a mayor and council in
- All subterranean minerals belong to the state. Except for state
owned water, some lava stone, and minor granites and semi-precious
minerals, there are few underground minerals.
- The wind blows east to west in Hawaii. The highest recorded
temperature is 96' F (Honolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92' F
generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature
(under 3000 feet altitude) is 56' F. Temperatures under 60' F may
occur but rarely more than once a year. Average daytime temp. (July)
is 82' F. Average daytime temperature in January is 72' F.
- There are no racial or ethnic majorities in Hawaii. Everyone is
a minority. Caucasians (Haoles) constitute about 34%;
Japanese-American about 32%; Filipino-American about 16% and
Chinese-American about 5%. It is very difficult to determine racial
identification as most of the population has some mixture of
ISLAND OF NIIHAU
- A privately owned island, with livestock raising as its
principal industry. There is highly limited access by general public
through helicopter landings at uninhabited sites. Legend says Niihau
was the original home of the goddess Pele. The island has a
population of 230, and is 69 square miles.
ISLAND OF KAUAI
- The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
- The Waialua River is one of five navigable river in Hawaii. It
drains off Waialeale Mountain, which averages 488 inches of rain per
year and is considered the wettest spot on earth.
- The Waimea, the Hanape'pe, the Lumahai and the Hanalei River are
almost as big and quite navigable. The Hanalei River was dedicated a
"national treasure" recently and is under government protection from
use as a "place of business".
ISLAND OF OAHU
- Honolulu is the largest city in the world -- at least it has the
longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or
islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This
makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to
Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu.
Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway
across the 48 contiguous states.
- Wai Golf Course is Hawaii's first municipal course.
- Honolulu is the nation's 11th largest metropolitan area.
- More than 100 world-renowned beaches ring Honolulu.
- Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.
- The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The
windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty
- The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii.
One-third of the state's best surfing beaches are on Oahu.
ISLAND OF MAUI
- The island is home to many famous attractions including
Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana,
and Kaanapali Beach.
- Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), is the world's largest
ISLAND OF MOLOKAI
- Molokai is known as the most Hawaiian Isle.
- Molokai's east end is a tropical rain forest and part of the
island receives 240 inches of rainfall a year.
- Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park is home to rare African and Indian
- Kalaaupapa was once a leper colony administered by Father
- The island contains the world's highest sea cliffs, Hawaii's
longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state.
ISLAND OF LANAI
- The island of Lani is considered Hawaii's most secluded.
- The island was once the home of the world's largest pineapple
- Hulope Bay is a marine preserve and considered one of the best
diving spots in the world.
ISLAND OF KAHOOLAWE
- Once used as a target by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the
services are cleaning up unexploded shells. No one is allowed to go
ashore without permission. The island consists of an uninhabited
area of 45 square miles.
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII
- The Big Island is Hawaii's largest at 4,038 square miles. It is
twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.
- The largest contiguous ranch, in the United States, is in
Hawaii. The Parker Ranch near Kamuela has about 480,000 acres of
- At 800,000 years the Big Island is the youngest of the island
chain. However, it was the first island discovered by voyaging
- Kilauea volcano is the world's most active.
- Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States. It is
located at 18:54:49 N 155:41:00 W. There is a constant 27 knots
per hour wind blowing east to west, 24 hours per day and 365 days
- Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific - Mauna Kea and
Mauna Loa - dominate the center of the island. Most of the world's
macadamia nuts are grown on the island.
- Kilauea Iki is the world's most active and largest volcano.
- Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (measured from
its base at the ocean floor).
- The island houses the world's biggest telescope and more
scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the
- The island is the worldwide leader in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids.
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