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Are you on the hunt for some interesting facts about Hawaii? You’ve come to the right place! This beautiful island chain is not only a paradise for beach lovers and adventurers but also boasts lively culture, history, and biodiversity.

And despite thousands of people coming here every month to explore it, you won’t believe it, but Hawaii is categorized as the most isolated population center in the world.

From its stunning landscapes to its vibrant traditions, Hawaii is full of surprises waiting to be discovered. Get ready to learn something new about the Aloha State that will make you appreciate it even more…

Fun Facts about Hawaii - From Oahu to Maui and Beyond

1. Hawaii Is the Only US State Made Entirely of Islands

The Hawaiian Islands, comprised of over 130 islands—137 islands across approximately 6,500 square miles in the North Pacific Ocean—form a Hawaiian archipelago extending from the island of Hawaii to the Kure Atoll. Hawaii is the only state made up of islands.

Hawaii’s unique geography makes it the only state entirely formed by islands, and most of the magic happens on its eight major islands: Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Kahoolawe.

2. The World’s Most Active Volcano is Here

Active Volcano

Although Hawaii is known for stunning beaches, it is also home to Kilauea, which is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world! It’s located on the Big Island in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and has been erupting continually since 1983. Visitors can witness red-hot lava flows, steam vents, and more on a helicopter tour or hike through the park.

Another famous name here is Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world. Recently, it erupted again after 38 years, making it a must-visit destination for visitors to explore.

3. And Mauna Kea is the Tallest Mountain in the World

Mauna Kea is (technically) the tallest mountain in the world, standing at over 33,000 feet when measured from its base on the ocean floor. Most of the time, we’ve seen it covered in snow due to its elevation, sometimes even during the summer months.

With only about 13,800 feet visible above sea level, Mauna Kea may not be as famous as Mount Everest, but it’s undoubtedly an impressive sight to behold.

4. Known as the Birthplace of Surfing

Birthplace of Surfing

While the earliest evidence of surfing may date back to the Polynesian region, Hawaii is often touted as the birthplace of surfing! The sport has woven itself into the fabric of Hawaiian culture for centuries, and the islands host some of the most famous surfing competitions in the world.

We have people like Duke Kahanamoku to thank for that—he spread his love of surfing far and wide. Probably the most famous surfer ever, he’s known as the “Father of Surfing,” and there’s even a statue of him on Waikiki Beach.

From the epic waves of the North Shore on Oahu to the laid-back vibes of Maui, there’s something for every level of surfer in Hawaii. Because of this, surfing is almost as iconic in the islands as the beautiful beaches.

5. Hawaiian Culture is Rich and Vibrant

On the surface, hula appears to be just a beautiful dance of the Hawaiian people. But if you look a bit deeper, you’ll uncover its true significance. For centuries, in the absence of a written language, Hawaiians passed down their traditions, stories, and histories orally through hula.

Hawaii’s distinctive blend of Polynesian, Asian, and Western cultures makes it a fascinating destination to explore. From traditional hula dances to delicious cuisine influenced by various cultures, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the vibrant Hawaiian culture.

Even after the near disappearance of hula from the islands, Hawaiian people were still able to preserve and restore their culture and language for the world to see.

Now, Hawaii is known as the land of hula and lei, two iconic elements of Polynesian culture. Hula is a traditional Hawaiian dance that combines storytelling, chanting, and rhythmic movements to convey the history and Hawaiian legends of the islands.

Meanwhile, lei-making has been a cherished art form in Hawaii for centuries, with fragrant flower leis often given as symbols of love, welcome, or farewell.

6. An Abundance of Colorful Beaches Await You

Colorful Beaches

If you are going on a Hawaii vacation, you can’t help but visit the incredible beaches around the island. One of the most remarkable aspects of Hawaii’s natural beauty is its array of colorful beaches that seem to defy reality.

Beyond the typical golden sand and palm tree, the Aloha State is home to an astonishing variety of hues, including black, green, red, and even pink beaches, each adding a remarkable palette to the scenic beauty of the islands.

7. A Language with Only 12 Letters

Now, you may not believe it, but the Hawaiian language is unique in the world. The Hawaiian alphabet is beautifully simple, consisting of only 12 letters (five vowels: A, E, I, O, U, and seven consonants: H, K, L, M, N, and P), making its melodious language distinctive and captivating.

‘ is known as okina, which was added to the thirteenth letter in 1864. The words and phrases speak of love, respect, and harmony with nature, reflecting the Aloha spirit.

8. Aloha: More Than Just a Greeting

Aloha is a way of life in Hawaii, the Aloha state. This powerful word means hello, goodbye, and love, but it also represents a spirit of kindness, unity, and compassion that permeates Hawaiian culture. It’s a reminder to live in the present, treat others with respect, and embrace the beauty of life.

You’ll also be surprised to know that the Hawaiian word “Aloha” doesn’t just mean “hello,” but it also means “goodbye.” This small word definitely has a broad meaning, perfectly capturing the essence of Hawaii. Hawaii always welcomes you with open arms but also bids you farewell with genuine affection.

9. The Only Royal Palace in the US is here

Royal Palace

One thing the US is not known for is monarchies. However, we do have a unique exception: Iolani Palace. The palace was constructed in 1882 during Hawaii’s monarchy era and was home to the last reigning monarchs, including Hawaii’s first and only queen.

After the US annexed Hawaii in 1898, Iolani Palace became the sole royal palace on American soil. Today, it stands as a National Historic Landmark, offering visitors insight into Hawaiian monarchy and culture.

10. The Only State with Two Official Languages

Hawaii is the only state in the US with two official languages: English and Hawaiian. This bilingual approach underscores Hawaii’s profound commitment to preserving its indigenous culture and heritage.

By embracing both languages, Hawaii ensures that its traditions and the essence of its native culture are honored and kept alive for future generations.

11. A Different Time Zone

Hawaii operates on its own time zone, the Hawaiian Standard Time, which is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Unlike most of the United States, Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time, making it one of the few places in the country to maintain a consistent time year-round.

This unique timekeeping means that Hawaii can be many hours behind the rest of the United States, with the exact difference depending on the time of year.

12. Land of Largest Dormant Volcano

Largest Dormant Volcano

Hawaii has the most volcanic islands, whether active or dormant. While we’ve already mentioned active ones at the beginning of the list, Hawaii has one of the most famous dormant volcanoes worldwide.

Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in the world. It is a colossal shield volcano that shaped over 75 percent of Maui Island. According to Hawaiian legends, the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakala is where the god Maui used a lasso to capture the sun, slowing its journey across the sky, which is why it is also called the house of the sun.

13. There Are (Almost) No Snakes in Hawaii

Snakes are a rarity in Hawaii, with only one species of land snake found on the islands — the Hawaiian blind snake. This small, non-venomous creature is often mistaken for an earthworm and is believed to have arrived on the islands via imported plants. The absence of snakes adds to the biodiversity of Hawaii’s flora and fauna.

14. Popular Location for Movies & TV Shows

Location for Movies & TV Shows

Hawaii is not just a stunning backdrop for your next getaway; it has also been the filming location for many well-known movies!

From classics like Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean to modern hits like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hawaii’s scenic beauty has graced the silver screen countless times.

If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, you won’t want to miss Kualoa Ranch on Oahu! This movie ranch has been featured in numerous films and TV shows, including the famous T-Rex scene in Jurassic Park.

15. No Billboards Allowed

Hawaii is also one of the few places in the world that has banned billboards in an effort to preserve its natural beauty. This lets locals and visitors enjoy unobstructed views of the island’s breathtaking landscapes. It also encourages businesses to be creative with their advertising and promotes a more sustainable form of tourism.


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We hope you enjoyed these amazing 15 fun facts about Hawaii!

Are you ready to explore the enchanting islands of Hawaii with their remarkable blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and exclusive experiences?

Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant history of Oahu or the majestic rocky mountains view of Maui, a Hawaiian vacation promises an unforgettable escape from the ordinary!

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