Hawaii February 15, 2016
18 Trivia Facts That Everyone Who Lives In Hawaii Should Know
From interesting tidbits of information about ancient Hawaiians, to geographic wonders, the Hawaiian Islands are the subject of many incredible trivia facts. Some of these facts are common, while others are a bit more obscure, but regardless, everyone who lives in Hawaii should have these 18 trivia facts in their arsenal. How else are you going to win that competitive round of bar trivia?
1) Hawaii is home to approximately one-third of all the endangered species in the United States.
2) Forget Seattle, the rainiest place in America – and across the world – is Kauai’s Mt. Waialeale, which receives approximately 450 inches of rain each year.
3) The next Hawaiian island, Loihi is currently forming and is expected to reach sea level in approximately 250,000 years.
4) The people of Hawaii eat approximately 6 million cans of spam each year. Spam musubi, anyone?
5) In ancient Hawaii, the penalty for breaking the law was death – unless, that is, the criminal were to flee to a puuhonua, or city of refuge.
6) Hawaii is the most geographically isolated population center in the world, and is 2,390 miles from the nearest continent (North America).
7) Approximately 6 million tourists visit Hawaii every year, and spend a combined 11 billion dollars.
8) As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea has been actively erupting since 1983.
9) Hawaii is home to the longest life expectancy in the country – 75 for males, and 80 for females.
10) In the 1960s, astronauts prepared for moon voyages by walking on the hardened lava fields on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
11) Waikiki Beach was a swamp until the 1920s, when sand was shipped in to create the beach.
12) The small Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe was used as a target for military training until 1990, and is littered with bomb shells to this day.
13) The Hawaiian language, when written with the English alphabet, uses only 12 letters and a symbol, the okina (‘).
14) Measured from the sea floor to the summit, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on Earth.
15) There are only two mammals native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and monk seal.
16) Everyone is a minority in Hawaii, and the state is home to the lowest percentage of Caucasians in the country.
17) The day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona filled up with 1.5 million gallons of fuel and, according to the History Channel, the sunken ship “continues to spill up to nine quarts of oil into the harbor each day.”
18) The hula was originally a form of worship performed only by highly trained men who were allegedly taught by Luka, a Hawaiian god.
What other interesting pieces of Hawaii trivia do you know? Share your interesting, albeit sometimes useless,, facts in the comments below!