If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, take the time to learn more about its fascinating history and rich culture before you go. We’ll get you started with 5 interesting facts you never knew about Hawaii…or did you?
1. 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 (more commonly known as the Big Island — yes, it is also the largest of the Hawaiian islands, and the only one with an active volcano). 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.
2. There is no ethnic 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. If you’ve ever tried Hawaiian mixed plate, then you’ve experienced a literal taste of how good it really is.
3. Measured from the ocean floor, the islands of Hawaii are formed out of the tallest mountain range in the world.
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!
4. The Hawaiian alphabet has twelve letters: a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p, and w, plus two pronunciation marks.
During the later years of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the population had a literacy rate of over 90%. This was the highest in the world at the time. Much of the population could read, write, and speak in both Hawaiian and English. The written language was developed under the direction of King Kamehameha III, by missionaries living in Hawaii in the 1830’s and 40s.
5. The temperature in Hawaii has never reached 100F or 0F.
Most of the time, it hovers around a comfortable 85F and falls to the mid-70’s at night. Because of the consistent weather and east-to-west Tradewinds (so named because they were consistent enough to create a global trade around) Hawaii is comfortable year-round. And, on the really warm days, there’s always the beach!
What are your favorite facts about Hawaii? Let us know in the comments!