Hawaii: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We already brought you some little-known facts about Hawaii. In case you can’t get enough, here are a few more!

Number Eight: It Has Its Own Time Zone

Since it is so far away from the main part of the United States, it makes sense that Hawaii has its own time zone. It is also only one of two states (the other is Arizona) that do not follow Daylight Savings Time.

Number Seven: One of Its Islands Used to Be a Leper Colony

One of the most interesting histories in the Hawaiian Islands may be that of Kalaupapa on Molokai. The entire island was once a leper colony. It was administered by Father Damien, a Flemish Catholic priest who eventually contracted the disease himself while treating patients.

Number Six: It Takes a Really Long Time to Get to Hawaii

To just get to Hawaii is a bit of a travel excursion. No wonder it is the most isolated population center on Earth. It is approximately 2,390 miles from California, 3,850 miles from Japan and 4,900 miles from China.

Number Five: It Still Celebrates Its Royal Family

The United States has not honored a king since 1776. Hawaii, however, still honors its King Kamehameha, or Kamehameha the Great, on June 11th. It is the only state in the United States to do this.

Number Four: Pineapples Are Pretty Popular

More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii. So, you can probably thank Hawaii next time you have some.

Number Three: The Water Is Always Warm

When the winter blues have got you down, Hawaii may be able to fix that. The ocean water temperature hovers around 72 degrees in the winter and about 82 degrees in the summer.

Number Two: They’re Not Into Skyscrapers

Unlike many other states in the United States, Hawaii has made sure that it does not grow up in terms of building size. It is actually against the law for a building to be taller than a palm tree on the island of Kauai.

Number One: The Marine Life Is Like No Other Place In the World

There are over 7,000 marine species within the Hawaiian Islands. A quarter of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world, making it a unique destination.

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