Everyone who lives in Hawaii undeniably does a little bit of bragging, perhaps without even realizing it: posting a beach photo on Instagram when your mainland friends and family are dealing with the effects of a major blizzard or talking about your latest hiking adventure on Facebook while your cousin in Virginia can’t go outside without a coat. Honestly, it’s hard not to brag when you live in such an amazing place, and here are 11 things you can only brag about if you live in Hawaii.
1) Hawaiian beaches are undoubtedly the best in the world.
From the pristine white sands and crystalline water of Waimanalo to the stunning black sand beaches of the Big Island, Hawaii is home to some pretty stellar beaches.
2) The water sports are top-notch.
Kayaking, surfing, SUP, windsurfing, boogie boarding, scuba diving; if you can name it, you can probably find somewhere in Hawaii to check it out.
3) We also never have to deal with snow, or cold weather.
That is, unless, we choose to head to the summit of Mauna Kea, which does occasionally get snowfall.
4) Hawaii is considered to be the healthiest state in America.
According to the private pool, America’s Health Ranking, Hawaii is the healthiest state in the country, and has been in the top six since the rankings began in the 1990s. People in Hawaii also have the highest life expectancy in the country.
5) Hawaii is also one of the happiest states in the country.
The Aloha State was ranked second in the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures physical and emotional health, well-being, and happiness. Is there any reason to not be happy in Hawaii?
6) Hawaii is home to some of the best food around.
From shave ice and malasadas to loco moco and spam musubi, Hawaiian cuisine is truly second to none.
7) Some of the world's best hiking can be found throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Whether you are a novice or an extremely experienced hiker, you can find trails of all difficulty levels and lengths throughout our beautiful islands.
8) Everyone wants to come to Hawaii on vacation, which means that we have to be doing something right.
9) Hawaii is truly a melting pot of cultures, traditions, religions, people, and food.
The islands are also steeped in history and cultural heritage you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
10) We are lucky enough to live and work in a place that feels as though we are in another country – but we still have the benefits, rights, and privileges associated with being American citizens.
11) And last – but certainly not least – Hawaii is home to some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
The Aloha spirit lives on!