16 Incredible, Almost Unbelievable Facts About Hawaii
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 the Aloha State should have these 18 trivia facts about Hawaii in their arsenal. How else are you going to win that competitive round of bar trivia?
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Well, that’s a totally subjective question, but I think the fact that the Aloha State is the most geographically isolated population center in the entire world is absolutely fascinating and explains so much about the islands’ culture. The Hawaiian Islands are also home to approximately one-third of all the endangered species in the United States and there are only two mammals native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and monk seal.
What facts are there to know about Hawaii’s history?
From the tale of how the islands were first settled, to the relationship between Hawaii and the American government before it became a state in 1959, Hawaii’s history is fascinating, and here are 14 things you might not have known about the islands’ history. Of particular interest, 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.”
What is a fun trivia fact about Waikiki Beach?
Waikiki Beach is easily the state’s most famous tourist destination, but not many people know that until the 1920s, it was a swamp. The famous destination is also partially engineered, and has been filled with imported sand for decades — and it is unfortunately in danger of being lost entirely. The beach has faced erosion problems since the late-1800s when hotels and homes were built too close to the natural shoreline. To learn more about Waikiki, click here.
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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