There are many generally accepted facts about Hawaii: year-round sunshine, deep blue waters, endless beaches, laidback surf culture, rainbows, colourful cocktails and luaus. However, you probably didn’t know that…
1. The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 12 letters and every single word ends in a vowel
2. Hawaiian-born Barack Obama is the only American president not born on mainland USA
3. You wont find a single billboard on the island. Similar to Alaska, Vermont and Maine, all billboards are outlawed in Hawaii
4. Entering the nation on the 21st of August 1959, Hawaii is America’s youngest state
5. For a lady in Hawaii to wear a flower behind her left ear means that she is married or taken, similar to the way wedding and engagement rings are worn on the left in most countries. Wearing your flower on the right therefore signals that you are single and ready to mingle
6. Thought you’d only find idyllic white sand beaches in Hawaii? Guess again. There are black, green and red beaches in Hawaii including Honokalani Black Sand Beach in Waianapanapa State Park, Mahana Beach on the Big Island and Kaihalulu or Red Sand beach in Maui.
7. Hawaii is the only American state made completely of islands. These islands are Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Hawaii (the big island), Kauai, Molokai, Niihau and Kahoolawe
8. More than a third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples is from Hawaii
9. The Lei, Hawaii’s infamous flower garland comes with a distinct set of rules. It is considered rude to refuse one, to take off a lei in front of the person who gave it you or to wear one that is intended for somebody else.
10. The official fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (or Reef Triggerfish to you and I)
11. Hawaiian is one of a handful of languages which employs the same word to say hello and goodbye: Aloha
12. With over 350 public beaches (there are no private beaches on the islands so there isn’t a beach you cant go to), a plethora of breath-taking, world-class hotels and resorts, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall (Ala Moana Centre in Honolulu) as well as several internationally recognised Universities, I suspect you might just be able to find your happy place somewhere here, but that’s just my guess.
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