13 Things You Might Not Have Known About Hawaii

When people think about Hawaii, people tend to think about beaches, pineapple, volcanoes, and how much of a paradise Hawaii is. It is a popular vacation spot for families and a popular honeymoon spot for newlyweds. But what others don’t know is that Hawaii is more than just a vacation spot for tourists, it is a home for locals and animals in the area. Here are 13 things you might not have known about Hawaii.

1. The Big Island keeps getting bigger due to a continuous volcanic eruption on the island. The volcano has been erupting since 1983, and the island has grown in kilometers since the volcano erupted.

2. Surfing was invented in Hawaii by Polynesians who settled in Hawaii a while back.

3. This fact about Hawaii might be hard to believe, but Hawaii receives a little bit of snow! It only snows at the tip of the tallest volcanoes of Hawaii.

4. There is only one kind of snake that lives in Hawaii, and it is the size of a worm. This is the only snake that you will find in Hawaii, it is blind, and it is originally from the Philippines.

5. You might have heard of this next word in the movie High School Musical 2. The word is “humuhumunukunukuapua’a,” and it is the longest word in the Hawaiian language. Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is a fish, which is also the state fish of Hawaii, that lives in the reefs along Hawaiian shores.

6. Spam is eaten more in Hawaii than it is in any other state. It is so highly consumed that they serve it at their McDonald’s there.

7. Race doesn’t matter in Hawaii as much as it might matter somewhere else. There is no major racial group that dominates over other races. So, everyone is kind of intertwined together and that’s great!

8. Hawaii is so far off from other states that it has its own time zone. Their time zone is the Hawaii-Aleutian standard time (HST).

9. The actress Nicole Kidman, the actress Bette Midler, and the singer Jack Johnson are all Hawaii natives.

10. Hawaii is the only U.S. state to grow coffee. This is because the climate is similar to Costa Rica, another big place for coffee production.

11. Hawaii is home to 1/3  of all the endangered species in the United States. Most of the endangered species in Hawaii are plants, but the Hawaiian monk seal is also an endangered mammal species located in Hawaii.

12. This could be due to the amount of sunshine and paradise-like setting, but Hawaii has the longest life expectancy in the United States.

13. Another thing that you probably didn’t know about Hawaii is that you can mail a coconut. Yes, simply a coconut. Some Hawaiian hotels have replaced postcards with coconuts for their guests to send back to their friends and families.

This guest post is contributed by The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, a Maui bed and breakfast.

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