Hawaii Facts and Information
Here is some general information along with some interesting Hawaii facts to give you a little background on the islands.
- The state is made up of eight islands.
They are from left to right,northwest to southeast,and oldest to youngest:
- Hawaii or the Big Island
They are all distinct, unique, and different.
Oahu, Kauai, Maui, the Big Island, Molokai, and Lanai are the most commonly visited islands.
Niihau is a small, private island owned by the Robinson family. In fact, there are only 250 residents who are mostly native Hawaiians.
Kahoolawe was used by the military for bombing exercises but was returned to the state in 1994. It remains largely unpopulated and is being held in trust for a future sovereign Hawaiian entity.
- It became the 50th state of the U.S. on August 20, 1959.
- Because it is part of the U.S., it uses the dollar...yes, I was asked that once.
- Honolulu, the capitol and largest city, is located on the island of Oahu, and has a population of over 1.2 million people.
- It has the biggest isolated population in the world. It's nearest shores are California at 2,390 miles away, and Japan at 3,850 miles away.
- The Big Island is the southern most tip of the U.S. and is the only state that is still growing.(due to volcanic activity)
- Here is the Hawaii fact that surprises most people. From east to west, it is the widest state in the United States.
- Has it's own time zone which is Hawaiian Standard Time(HST) and does not observe Daylight Savings. During Daylight Savings, HST is 3 hours behind the West Coast or Pacific Standard Time. When there is no Daylight Savings, HST is 2 hours behind the West Coast.
- Unlike the mainland U.S., there is not a drastic difference in daylight hours between summer and winter.
- It consumes more SPAM (real food and not email SPAM) than any other state...or probably country for that matter.
- It is the only state that grows coffee.
- Supplies more than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples.
- Iolani Palace, on Oahu, is the only royal palace in the United States.
- Parker Ranch, on the Big Island, is the largest private ranch in the U.S.
- It is the most ethnically and racially diverse state in the union.
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