Originally referred to as the “Sandwich Islands,” Hawaii is a state in the Western United States. It is in the Pacific ocean, around 2,000miles from the United States mainland. Hawaii comprises eight main islands, which is the reason it attracts over 9.3 million tourists each year.
1. Widest state in America
Hawaii is the widest state in US, and all the eight main Hawaii islands measure 1,500 miles from East to West. Alaska is the second widest at around 808 miles, measured east to west.
2. First U.S state to ban plastic bags
Hawaii was the first island to ban the use of plastic bags. In 2015, it banned all grocery stores from selling plastic bags to their customers. This is because the Hawaiian islands have a view of how plastics affect oceans and marine life. Right bow the rest of the United States is following suit.
3. Grows coffee beans commercially
Hawaii is the only U.S state that grows coffee beans for commercial use. The big island in Kona, Oahu, and Maui have coffee farms because of the perfect tropical climate, which supports the growth of coffee. It always welcomes tourists to visit these coffee plantations. However, California is also experimenting with coffee growing, but Hawaii still tops the list.
4. Most of the TV shows and movies film on the Hawaiian islands
Film studios choose Hawaii as the destination for their movie shots because Hawaai has picture-perfect beaches, rugged mountain terrains, and good climatic conditions. Some of the popular movies and TV shows shot at the Hawaiian islands are;
- 50 first dates
- Jurassic park
- The hunger games: Catching fire
- Jurassic world
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Indiana Jones: Raiders of the lost ark
- South Pacific
5. Alphabet has 12 letters
The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters, seven consonants, and five vowels; A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, and W.
It also has seven diphthongs; AE, AI, AO, AU, EI, EU, and OU.
6. Hawaii does not allow snakes
It’s illegal to own a snake in Hawaii except for those in a safely contained zoo. Hawaiian island does not have any native snake species. This is because there are no natural predators; this poses a serious threat because snakes can compete with native animals. The island does not also allow squirrels, hamsters, and gerbils.
7. Billboards are outlawed
Hawaii banned billboards in the year 1927. Hawaii banned billboards from maintaining their gorgeousness. In addition, it is famous for its scenic beauty. In Hawaii, people only wave signs for their preferred political candidate, advertisement, or promotion on the roadsides.
8. The Largest maze in the world (The Dole plantation)
The Dole plantation is home to the largest maze in the world. It is also the largest pineapple plantation. It covers three acres of land with 2.5 miles of twist and turns.
9. The only U.S state with two official languages
Hawaii is the only U.S state with two official languages, namely English and Hawaiian. Hawaii residents speak Pidgin a lot, but it is not an official language. Some locals even think of Pidgin as one of the official languages.
10. All forms of gambling are illegal in Hawaii
There are only two U.S states that do not allow gambling. The states include Hawaii and Utah.