Fourteen Fun Facts about the Fiftieth State!
Hawaii is a unique state in many ways, not the least being that it sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far from the rest of the United States. In fact, it is over 2,000 miles from California and is the most isolated, populated group of islands on earth! Here are some other fun facts about the Fiftieth state that you might find interesting…..
- It has its own time zone, and does not observe Daylight Savings Time (after all, we get plenty of sun here!)
- It has the southernmost point in the United States, locsted at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii
- It has the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, as well as the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, on the island of Maui
- The state of Hawaii is primarily known for its eight major islands, but the Hawaiian island chain actually consists of 132 islands!
- If measured from its base on the ocean floor, Hawaii also has the highest mountain peak, Mauna Kea (meaning White Mountain, because, surprise! , Hawaii does actually get snow!)
- Although Hawaii does not border any other states, it does have interstate highways. (figure that one out!)
- The tallest sea cliffs in the world are on the island of Molokai
- The first American school west of the Rockies was Lahainaluna, on the island of Maui
- The only royal palace in the United States, Iolani, is in Honolulu, and what’s more, it had electric lights before the White House did!
- Hawaii’s state song, originally the national anthem of the Kingdom of Hawaii, was composed by its last reigning king and is sung in Hawaiian
- The famous Diamond Head Crater on the island of Oahu never had diamonds, but Pearl Harbor did have lots of pearl producing oysters (sadly not anymore however)
- Because of its isolation, Hawaii has species of fish, birds, and plants found nowhere else
- Hawaii has many ethnic minorities but no ethnic majority!
- Last but not least, people may be surprised to find out there are no seagulls in Hawaii
Those are just a few of the things that make Hawaii the uniquely special place it is. We hope you had fun learning these facts about the fantastic fiftieth state!