In Hawaii, there are eight major islands: Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. In total, Hawaii comprehends 137 islands including the major eight, islets, atolls, and reefs.
While Hawaii enjoys some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, its diverse climates may surprise you. On Hawaii Island alone, you can find different climates, from tropical and continuously wet to hot desert and periglacial ice climates.
Continue reading our blog to discover many curiosities about Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically isolated island chain on Earth
More than 2,000 miles away from any other place, Hawaii is the most isolated island chain on Earth. Hawaii’s ecosystem developed in almost total isolation, so its unique flora and fauna tend to amaze people.
The Hawaiian alphabet only has only 12 letters
For non-native speakers and tourists, Hawaiian names can be a challenge. The reason why might be because the Hawaiian alphabet only contains 12 letters. Because so few consonants make up the Hawaiian language, words can be challenging to pronounce.
Gambling is illegal in Hawaii
Although the U.S. and some U.S. cities are often associated with gambling, if you are looking to make a trip to a casino during your Hawaiian vacation, you chose the wrong place to go. Hawaii does not have casinos, nor does it allow for gambling on board a ship, or anywhere gambling activities can take place.
Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time
When the rest of the US springs ahead or falls behind, adjusting their clocks an hour forward or backward, Hawaii’s clocks stay exactly the same. Hawaii observes its own time zone, Hawaii Standard Time.
Hawaii grows by roughly 42 acres each year
Hawaii’s Big Island (the common term used for the state of Hawaii), is growing by more than 42 acres each year because of the Kilauea Volcano, that has been erupting for around 30 years now. Mauna Loa, also located in Hawaii’s Big Island, is another of the biggest volcanoes in the entire world. Its lava fields were once a training site for astronauts before they went to the moon.
Hawaii was the first state to ban plastic bags.
In July 2015, Oahu, the most populated Hawaiian island, joined the other Hawaiian islands and banned plastic bags from their stores. This made it the first state to ban the use of plastic bags.