1. Sunsets Of Hawaii
At the time of sunset, more light is piercing the atmosphere than at other times during the day. The heating process during the day has created a high number of particles in the air, which are able to scatter more light. Sunset in Hawaii is anywhere from about 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. depending on the time of year. Once the sun seems low on the horizon, you should find your “sunset” spot quickly as it will set rapidly.
2.Hawaii is the only state in the USA that grows coffee.
The most famous variety is Kona coffee, which grows on the island of Hawai’i In addition to Kona coffee, there’s coffee grown on Molokai, Maui, and Oahu. I may be biased, but my favorite Hawaiian coffee is Maui coffee.
3.There is no ethnic people majority in Hawaii
Most of the population born in the state is mixed ethnicity, and there’s no single group that has a statistical majority. This blending of cultures has lead to a culture and cuisine unique to Hawai’i.
4.The islands of Hawaii are formed out of the tallest mountain range in the world.
Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific – Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa – dominate the center of the island. Most of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown on the island.
Measured from the ocean floor to the peak, Mauna Kea is also the tallest mountain the world. During the winter months, it’s possible to go snowboarding on Mauna Kea and surfing on the Big Island coast on the same day!
5.The temperature in Hawaii
The wind blows east to west in Hawaii. The highest recorded temperature is 96′ F (Honolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92′ F generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature (under 3000 feet altitude) is 56′ F. Temperatures under 60′ F may occur but rarely more than once a year. Average daytime temp. (July) is 82′ F. Average daytime temperature in January is 72′ F.
6.The Green Flash
You may have heard of the sunset phenomenon called the “green flash.” At the precise moment the sun disappears from view and is seemingly engulfed in whole by the ocean, a fleeting spot of intense emerald greenish/bluish light can be seen in its wake. The green flash is caused by the same phenomenon responsible for the plentiful rainbows in the islands, a process called dispersion whereby the sunlight is bent at varying angles and intensities based on its hue.
7.THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
a) ISLAND OF NIIHAU:- A privately owned island, with livestock raising as its principal industry. There is highly limited access by general public through helicopter landings at uninhabited sites. Legend says Niihau was the original home of the goddess Pele. The island has a population of 230, and is 69 square miles
b) ISLAND OF KAUAI:- The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.The Waialua River is one of five navigable river in Hawaii. It drains off Waialeale Mountain, which averages 488 inches of rain per year and is considered the wettest spot on earth.
The Waimea, the Hanape’pe, the Lumahai and the Hanalei River are almost as big and quite navigable. The Hanalei River wasdedicated a “national treasure” recently and is under government protection from use as a “place of business”.
c) ISLAND OF OAHU:- Honolulu is the largest city in the world — at least it has the longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states.
d) ISLAND OF MAUI:- The island is home to many famous attractions including Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana, and Kaanapali Beach.Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), is the world’s largest dormant volcano.
e)ISLAND OF MOLOKAI:- Molokai is known as the most Hawaiian Isle.Molokai’s east end is a tropical rain forest and part of the island receives 240 inches of rainfall a year.The island contains the world’s highest sea cliffs, Hawaii’s longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state.
f) ISLAND OF LANAI :- The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii’s most secluded .The island was once the home of the world’s largest pineapple plantations.
g) ISLAND OF KAHOOLAWE:- Once used as a target by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the services are cleaning up unexploded shells. No one is allowed to go ashore without permission. The island consists of an uninhabited area of 45 square miles.
h) THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII:- The Big Island is the largest island in the United States’ Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its diverse terrain spans colored-sand beaches at Papakolea (green) and Punalu’u (black) to lush rainforest. Within Volcanoes National Park, there are 2 active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
8. No celebration’s complete without a lei
In Hawaii, no celebration’s complete without a lei. And the flower garlands come with strict rules. For starters, it’s impolite to refuse a lei, remove it in front of the person who gave it to you, or wear one that you intend to give to someone else. A lei should never be thrown away. Instead, it should traditionally be returned to the earth, ideally to where its flowers were gathered. And it’s bad luck to give a tied lei to a pregnant woman, as it suggests an umbilical cord around a baby’s neck.
9. Hawaii has 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones.
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 all 10 zones: from tropical and continuously wet to hot desert and periglacial ice climates, you see and experience pretty much everything Earth has to offer on one island.
10.There are no billboards in Hawaii
The first of four states to ban billboards (ahead of Alaska, Maine, and Vermont), Hawaii enjoys wide open spaces free from billboards so that our residents can enjoy distraction-free, scenic driving.
11.Traditional Hawaiian Food- Fruit (like pineapple and lilikoi)
Topping off a great Hawaiian meal, it’s a very pleasant necessity to enjoy some freshly grown Hawaiian fruit. The islands of Hawaii were formerly famous for their fruit, but as land and labor became too expensive, the fruit industry in Hawaii started to decline. However, you can still get local fruit and Hawaii is famous for tropical fruits like pineapple and passion fruit (liliko).