Hawaii October 15, 2015
You Probably Didn’t Know These 8 Inventions Came From Hawaii
Hawaii isn’t exactly known for ingenuity, but every once in a while someone from Hawaii has a brilliant idea, and the rest of the world thanks them. From surfing and a machine that automatically cores a pineapple, these eight Hawaii firsts or inventions are pretty stellar.
1) Surfing was invented in Hawaii thousands of years ago – and was the province of royalty. The first surfboards weighed more than 150 pounds and measured up t0 20 feet.
2) Speaking of surfing, Tom Blake made major contributions to the modern-day surfboard, creating the lightweight Tom Blake Hollow Surfboard in the 1920s, and also invented a waterproof camera housing, the sailboard, and collapsible surfboard.
3) In 1911, Henry Ginaca invented a machine that could peel and core pineapples in an automated fashion, per request of Hawaiian pineapple magnate James Dole. That guy sounds familiar, right?
4) This one isn’t an invention – but Hawaii was the first state to legalize abortion, three years before Roe v. Wade. That kind of makes legal abortion an invention, does it not?
5) Hawaii was also the first state to outlaw billboards (in 1927), which is a pretty ingenious way to the islands’ natural beauty.
6) Kenneth J. Onion, an award winning knifemaker from Kaneohe, invented the “SpeedSafe” assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives.
7) CBI Polymers – a Honolulu-based company – invented a gel that can mop up radioactive particles.
8) Ocean Vodka – handcrafted in Hawaii – is the only spirit in the world made with deep ocean mineral water, and the only vodka distilled with organic sugar cane.
So, which of these inventions are you most grateful for?