A dream vacation to Hawaii is on plenty of people’s bucket lists, and it is no surprise why. Hawaii is one of the most unusual and breathtaking islands in the entire world. Millions, yes millions, of people travel across the ocean to soak up the sun and spend a few days drenched in the Hawaiian paradise. If I could, a trip here would be marked on my calendar every year. If you are thinking about a trip to Hawaii, check out these 13 amazing facts that might make you buy your plane ticket sooner than later.
1. Hawaii is nicknamed the “Aloha State.” I remember watching Miss Congeniality several years ago and laughing as Sandra Bullock teased the Hawaiian US contestant about the difficulty in ending a conversation on the phone when “Aloha” is used for both “hello” and “goodbye.” A trip here and you will quickly understand why Hawaii is called the “Aloha State” when you are welcomed with a kind “Aloha” as you both come and go.
2. You might wake up in the morning to a hot cup of coffee, but have you ever wondered how far those coffee beans have traveled? Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
3. The first moon landing took a lot of preparation and practice in the 1960s. To get a similar experience to walking on the moon, astronauts trained by walking on Mauna Loa’s hard lava fields.
4. Hawaii was the final state to join the US. I never realized how young Hawaii is to our nation, but on August 21, 1959 it became the 50th state. My dad is older than that!
5. If you are getting tired of looking at skinny models stamped across magazines, you might be happy to hear that ancient Hawaiians thought heavier women were the most beautiful.
6. Hawaii is home to the rainiest place in the world. Don’t believe me? A stop to the island of Kauai and a hike up MT. Waialeale will give you proof with over 476 inches of rainfall per year. Don’t worry about bad weather on your vacation though, Mount Waialeale gets hit the hardest with precipitation because of its conical shape and geographical position between the ocean and trade winds.
7. Hawaii doesn’t do day light savings and is on a different time zone than almost anywhere else. That means no matter where you live, with very few exceptions, it will be a different time in Hawaii.
8. Growing up I dreamed of a trip to Hawaii. I pictured myself packing on the sunscreen, running around in a swimsuit, and swimming in the ocean to cool off from extreme heat. It had to be hot; it was next to the equator! Years later I learned what makes Hawaii so magical, is the warm temperatures that aren’t too hot. The highest recorded temperature was almost a hundred years ago on April 27, 1931, at 100 F. The lowest recorded was on May 17, 1979 at 12 F. A little closer to the ocean level (under 3000 feet) the lowest temperature was only 56 F. The temperatures are typically mild year round with an average of 82 F in July and an average of 72 F in January.
9. From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state in the nation.
10. A whopping 7,627,819 people visited Hawaii in the year 2007. That is a lot of people! Since the economy was been hit, those numbers went down about 5-10% but it doesn’t hide the fact that Hawaii is the place millions of people want to visit every year. In fact, in 2012 7,998,815 visitors went to Hawaii, breaking the previous record.
11. Waikiki attracts the most visitors with roughly 72,000 a day. If you add up all Hawaii tourists in the entire state, Waikiki makes up about 44 percent.
12. The Big Island of Hawaii has three active volcanoes. Many tourists stop to explore the 330,000 acres at The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Big Island to see the many volcanoes.
13. Hawaii is made up of eight main islands and one of the islands, Niihau is privately owned by the Robinson family. Over 100 years ago, their ancestors bought it from King Kamehameha IV. How would you like to inherit an island? I know I would love my own island in Hawaii.