Top 10 Interesting Facts about Hawaii

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii

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It pays to get the kids thinking about your upcoming trip! Kids are naturally curious creatures. Any parent can tell you this from experience with the barrage of questions like:

Why is the sky blue?

What do clouds feel like?

Where does the wind go?

When you teach the kids a little about your vacation destination like information on the history, or food, or traditions, you’ll get them thinking! Kids who think are smarter, more wonderful, and more successful all around!! Make YOUR vacation the trip of a lifetime!

Scholastic, a leading educational firm in the US has this to say about exploring together,

Shared discovery gives the greatest pleasure. In the classroom, the curious child will want to share her discovery with you. The attention, smile and shared joy you show will provide a powerful reward to the child. This is an important part of the cycle of learning. You will encourage positive exploration with your attentiveness.”

“So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said (NOT Mark Twain)

And take the KIDS! Get tips for taking them anywhere!

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Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #1 The state is growing!

Hawaii is the only state that gets bigger each year. The chain of Hawaiian islands have been created by a volcano and that volcano is still erupting! The eruptions, still ongoing after 30+ years, adds land mass to the Big Island every year – about 42 acres! See it erupting in the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #2 US grown vanilla

This state is the only one in the US that grows these yummy items….vanilla, coffee, and cocao. If you want to see chocolate really growing on trees you’ll love the Original Chocolate Farm on the Big Island!

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #3 BYOB

BYOB – Bring your own BAG! Hawaii was the very first state to ban plastic bags. If you need a bag…bring one or buy one.

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #4 No snakes

Snakes are illegal in Hawaii and there are none naturally in the wild. The only legal snakes are at the zoo. This is part of why there are so many wonderful birds in Hawaii because they have no snakes to prey on them!

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #5 Macadamia nuts

You’ll see lots of those macadamia nut trees! Macadamia nuts are everywhere to eat, too and are a yummy snack. But…macadamia nuts are not native to Hawaii. They were brought from Australia in the 1880s as a decorative plant.

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #6 Hawaiian Time

You’ll hear a lot about being on Hawaiian time. In practice this means that things move slowly there and relaxation is first and foremost. But, also in fact…Hawaii has its very own time zone AND does not participate in the annoying daylight saving time change!

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #7 Monarchy

Hawaii is the only state that honors a previous king! King Kamehameha ruled until 1810 and his celebration is June 11.

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #8 Billboards

Billboards are not allowed! Hawaii is one of only 4 states in the US that does not allow advertising on billboards. They want to leave the pristine view free of billboards.

Top 10 Facts about Hawaii – #9 Will the REAL Hawaiian please stand up?

Only people who have Hawaiian ancestry are considered to be Hawaiian. If you were born on the island, but have no ancestry you are a ‘local’ not a ‘Hawaiian’.

Top 10 Facts of Hawaii – #10 Islands

Hawaii is the only state made up completely of islands.

If your travels take you to Hawaii you’ll enjoy these related posts:

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Aloha and Happy Travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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16 Responses

  1. These are so interesting. I had no idea that snakes were illegal. Very interesting. Good to know we need to bring our own bags too

  2. Really interesting facts. Hawaii doesn’t seem to have a lot in common with the other states! I had no idea that there used to be a King. My kids would love to visit Hawaii one day – looks like there’s loads for them to discover.

  3. Arnav Mathur says:

    Really interesting list of facts. Having seen Hawai in so many pictures and now, reading your post, makes me want to take a trip there.

  4. Hawaii seems like it’s own place really! I haven’t been there and it’s great to read these fun facts about it, because hopefully I will soon! Number 10 was really interesting as well! I guess in New Zealand we have Maori and New Zealanders, Maori are also New Zealanders but not everyone is Maori… but I never thought about there being no other name for Hawaiian!

  5. Only By Land says:

    Technically I have taken my daughter to Hawaii, as the mother was pregnant when we visited, actually we found out she was pregnant in Honolulu. I didn’t know the Islands were growing at 42 acres per year, although I’ve seen images of the volcano spewing out live magma. Interesting fact about there being no snakes, that will make exploring Jurassic Park less worrying! The only state made completely of Islands is an interesting Hawaii fact too.

  6. These are interesting facts. I want to relocate to Hawaii if I could. It is nice that they implement eco-friendly policies such as bringing your own bag. It is also refreshing to know that they do not have billboards. I do not like billboards because they are distracting and massive.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is such a gorgeous place and I love that the weather is the same year round. I’ve heard that the locals do not warmly accept people from the mainland at first….so you might need to have a thick skin!

  7. Claire Summers says:

    I’m going to Hawaii next month so this is all so interesting. I love that its still growing. I have a bit of a volcano obsession so I can’t wait to get there and do some hiking.

  8. Kristine says:

    I had no idea that there are no snakes in Hawaii! I always thought there’d be loads of them, because of the climate. Good to know! Hawaii is my number one place on my bucketlist. Always wanted to go there. Also, I didn’t know they once had a king. Fun fact!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It seem so lush and like a seems like snakes would be everywhere! But no!! Love that!

  9. Yukti says:

    Beautiful pictures of Hawaii and that your description with captions also. Bringing our own bag is really interesting as it reduces pollution. Also vanilla n cocoa are grown here so do the air smell like that? I have not tasted Macadamia nuts but reading this I would really live too have it.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      That is a great question! The air does not smell like chocolate because the ‘smell’ of chocolate doesn’t come until after processing, but…..wouldn’t that be wonderful??!!!

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