It's time to learn some interesting facts about Hawaii. You'd be surprised at how many of these you probably don't know.
1. The word “Aloha” comes from the Polynesian word alofa which means “love,” “compassion,” and “mercy”. Hawaii is known as the “Aloha State.”
2. The name Hawaii comes from a Proto-Polynesian word: Hawaiki, which means “place of the gods,” or also “homeland.”
3. President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. He’s the only U.S. President to be born outside of the continental United States.
4. Hawaii is the only U.S. State that has tropical rain forests.
5. There are eight main islands in Hawaii. The biggest one is simply called “The Big Island.” It grows by 42 acres per year thanks to the Kīlauea Volcano which has been erupting for over 30 years!
6. Hawaii is the only U.S. State that grows coffee, cacao, and vanilla beans, which can up to five years to produce a single bean.
7. The people of Hawaii eat more Spam than anywhere else in the U.S.
8. The Lei, a necklace of flowers, is a signature garment, but it has a set of rules: it’s rude to refuse one, remove it in front of the person who gave it to you, wear one you intend to give away, and bad luck to give one to a pregnant woman. They also cannot be thrown away, instead they must be returned to the Earth.
9. Hawaii is one of four states that have outlawed billboards. The other three are Alaska, Maine, and Vermont.
10. Snakes aren’t allowed on Hawaii, unless in zoos.
11. Hawaii is the youngest state, having been initiated on August 21st, 1959.
12. A native spider, Theridion grallator is known as the “Happy Face Spider” because it has a smiling face on its back.
13. Ancient Hawaiians believed that heavier women were more beautiful.
14. Hawaii is the southernmost state in the United States.
15. The average lifespan of a citizen is 79.8 years. This is longer than the people of any other state.
16. Ancient Hawaiians played the flute with their noses because they believed it was more innocent than the mouth because it couldn’t speak.
17. Hawaii has it’s own time zone and doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time
18. The attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor was directly responsible for the United States entering World War II. Over 2,400 Hawaiian soldiers and citizens died in the attack.
19. The park rangers at Hawaii National Park receive returned volcanic rocks that tourists took because they believed they had received bad luck from Pele: the goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes, and violence.
20. The television series Lost was filmed in Hawaii. There is a note at the end of the credits thanking the people of Hawaii for their “Aloha Spirit.”
21. Hawaiians consider the shark a god and treat it with respect.
22. Mt. Waialeale on the Kauai island is the rainiest place on Earth with 476 inches of rainfall each year.
23. There are only two types of mammals that are native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and monk seal.
24. There are two official languages spoken in Hawaii: Hawaiian and English. Besides these, Pidgin, Samoan, and Tongan are also used.
25. Oahu brings more visitors to Hawaii than any other island.
26. Hawaii is an archipelago, which is a chain or cluster of islands. There are eight major islands in total.
27. This is the only state that isn’t a part of the North American continent. Like Alaska, it also doesn’t border any other states.
28. Hawaii’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, is taller than Mount Everest if you measure it from the bottom to the top. Too bad it’s base is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean!
29. The Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanic activity.
30. Before it became a state, Hawaii was a monarchy until 1893 when the government was overthrown.
There you have it, 30 facts about Hawaii to make you the most interesting person in the room.