Interesting Facts About Hawaii

The State of Hawaii is a state in the United States, located on an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. The state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state.

  • Hawaii’s `Iolani Palace is the only royal residence in the United States of America.
  • During the Hawaiian Monarchy, Hawaii’s population was among the most literate in the world.
  • King Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe and the first foreign head of state to speak before a joint session of Congress.
  • Hawaii is considered the nation’s (USA) endangered species capitol.
  • The entire Island of Hawaii, with its five large volcanoes of Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, and new submerged volcano of Loihi, is less than 450,000 years old.
  • Kauai and Niihau, at 5 million years, are the oldest of the main high islands. The volcanic portion of the Midway and Kure Atolls are 28 million years old.
  • Hawaii has the most advanced telecommunications system in the world. The state is one of only five states in the U.S. with 100 percent digital switching for telephones and more fiber optic cable per mile, per capita than any other state.
  • 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.
  • State Motto – ” Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono ” the State Motto is translated as ” The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness “
  • Facts about the State Nickname – The Aloha State
  • More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
  • Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.
  • Hawaii was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959
  • Hawaii is considered the nation’s (USA) endangered species capitol.
  • Facts about Size – The area of the State covers 10932 square miles
  • 3 Largest Cities in Hawaii – Honolulu, Hilo and Kailua
  • Haleakala Crater, found on Maui, is the world’s largest dormant volcano. – Waialeale Mountain, found on the Garden isle of Kauai, averages 488 inches of rain per year and is considered the wettest spot on earth. – Molokai has the world’s highest sea cliffs, Hawaii’s longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state. – The Hawaiian Islands are the Earth’s most isolated parcels of land lying in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean some 2400 miles from both the nearest continental land mass, North America, and other islands of Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean.
  • Parker Ranch near Kamuela on the island of Hawaii is the largest ranch in the United States . It has about 480,000 acres of land
  • Hawaii has 10 different climate zones.
  • The world’s biggest telescope and more scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world
  • Hulope Bay off of Lanai is a marine preserve and considered one of the best diving spots in the world.
  • The Island of Kahoolawae was once used as a target by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the services are cleaning up unexploded shells. The island consists of an uninhabited area of 45 square miles. You must get permission to go ashore.