Interesting facts about Hawaii

September 8, 2009 | In: Countries facts

Settled by early Polynesians around 500 AD, Hawaii was discovered by Englishman Captain James Cook in 1778. Christian missionaries came in 1820. Hawaii remained under native rule until 1893, when it became the Republic of Hawaii and, in 1900, became a U.S. Territory. The bombing of Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 prompted America’s entry into World War II. A chain of volcanic islands stretching about 1,600 miles, Hawaii’s eight main islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Lanai, Kauai, Niihau, Kahoolawe, and Molokai.

The State of Hawaii is composed of 132 islands, reefs and shoals that extend for over 1500 miles .

Hawaii has eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and the “Big Island” of Hawaii.

The state of Hawaii has been nicknamed Aloha State.

From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

Established in 1916, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has two of the most active volcanoes in the world: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Joining them are the inactive Mauna Kea, Kohala, and Hualalai. Ancient Hawaiians worshiped Pele, goddess of volcanoes, and believed her wrath caused the mountains’ eruptions that destroyed their villages and agricultural lands.

Hawaii is the only state in the USA that was formerly a monarchy.

Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing. It was a sport invented in Hawaii by kings and chieftains.

More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.

Built in 1901, the Moana Hotel, now part of the Westin Moana-Surfrider, is the oldest hotel on Waikiki Beach.

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