26 Fun Facts to Know About Hawaii
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26 Fun Facts to Know About Hawaii

Map of Hawaii. Image created by JimIrwin

This is a guest post by Danielle Smith, an agricultural communications student at the University of Arkansas. 

View of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii from Punch Bowl.

Do you dream of visiting Hawaii?

Or, are you already a repeat visitor?

Either way, here are 26 fun facts about about Hawaii:

1. The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho’olawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. The Big Island is Hawaii’s largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.

3. There are four counties in Hawaii (Kauai; city and county of Honolulu; Maui; and Hawaii). Each city has a mayor and council in charge.

Hawaii state population density map based on Census 2010 data.   Image created by JimIrwin

4. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

5. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

  • Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
  • Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W

6. From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

7. The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting-above-the-ocean-tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.

8. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.

9. Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.

10.  Each Hawaiian Island has different flowers and colors used to represent it:

i.    Niihau – Pupu Shell – White
ii.    Kauai – Mokihana (Green Berry) – Purple
iii.    Oahu – Ilima -Yellow
iv.    Maui – Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose) – Pink
v.    Molokai – White Kukui Blossom – Green
vi.    Lanai – Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant) – Orange
vii.    Kahoolawe – Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope) – Grey
viii.    Big Island of Hawaii – Lehua Ohia – Red

11. Hawaii has its own time zone known as Hawaiian Standard Time. Hawaii has no daylight savings time. The time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.

12. The highest recorded temperature is 96′ F (at Honolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92′ F generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature is 56′ F. Temperatures under 60′ F may occur, but rarely more than once a year.

13. According to the Hawaii State Constitution, any island not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This means that Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long, making it the largest city in the world.

14. Honolulu is the United State’s 11th largest metropolitan area.

15. More than 100 world-renowned beaches ring Honolulu.

16. The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state’s best surfing beaches are on Oahu.

Aerial view of Niihau Island in Hawaii Photo by Christopher P. Becker (Polihale) Aerial view of Niihau Island in Hawaii                  Photo by Christopher P. Becker (Polihale)      

17.  Niihau, Hawaii’s seventh largest inhabited island, is home to only 130 residents with no automobiles and no paved roads.

18. The island of Maui is home to many famous attractions including Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana, and Kaanapali Beach.

19. Hawaii is home to the largest dormant volcano, Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), and the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea volcano.

20. The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii’s most secluded.

21. Hulope Bay, located on the Island of Kaho’olawe, is a marine preserve and considered one of the best diving spots in the world.

22. At 800,000 years of age, the Big Island is the youngest of the island chain. However, it was the first island discovered by voyaging Polynesians.

23. Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific – Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa – dominate the center of the island.

24. Most of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown on Hawaii’s Big Island.

25. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.

26. More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.

To learn more about Hawaii, check these resources:

Frommer’s Hawaii

Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii in the 1860’s

To plan your Hawaiian vacation visit Go Hawaii.

Have you ever been to Hawaii? Do you have a fun fact about Hawaii to share?

A native of Stilwell, Kansas, Danielle plans to return to the Kansas City area upon graduation. 

Danielle  is currently working as a social media intern with VentureTime Travel. When she isn’t working or in classes, Danielle enjoys traveling the world with her fiancée Will.

Learn more about Danielle here


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  • Elena November 12, 2012, 11:02 pm

    I would stay at Marriott in San Diego

  • Brenda November 13, 2012, 8:02 am

    Great info! As an avid scuba diver, I’ve not yet heard about Hulope Bay. Gotta check it out, thanks!

  • Brenda November 13, 2012, 8:14 am

    Soooo many great choices. I think I’d go for Maui’s OceanClub at Kannapali.

  • Danielle Smith November 13, 2012, 9:44 am

    Can’t wait to visit here someday. For people who have been to Hawaii, which island do you think I should stay on? I have heard many different opinions.

  • guru November 4, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Coldest temperature for Hawaii 12 degrees Fahrenheit Mauna Kea, Hawaii May 17, 1979 NOAA.

    You can snow ski in the morning, and swim in the ocean in the afternoon!