Interesting Facts That You May Not Know About The Hawaiʻian Islands

Pink ginger flower found on Big Island Hawaii

Our luxury tours educate on the culture of the beautiful and exotic Big Island.  Hawaiʻi Discount offers some interesting facts about the islands of Hawaiʻi.

During your travels to the Hawaiʻian Islands, you are bound to find out some really interesting facts and tidbits that you might have otherwise known. There is so much to know about these stunning islands and it seems that each and every fact is as great as the next. You’re going to be in awe with all of the knowledge about Hawaiʻi that you acquire, and will be sharing the information with friends and family when you return home.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about the Hawaiʻian Islands:

  • Hawaiʻi is the film location for many TV shows and movies, and two of the most popular of all-time are both versions of Hawaiʻi 5-0.
  • Hawaiʻi is the only state with a royal place on its soil. Visit the Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu.
  • The volcanoes of Hawaiʻi are known throughout the world and each island features a well-known volcano. The Big Island is actually made up of 5 volcanoes, 1 of which is currently active: Mt. Kilauea.
  • Hawaiʻi does not observe daylight savings time, so you always have to be aware of the time difference with the Mainland.
  • The University of Hawaiʻi is the biggest university in Hawaiʻi and encompasses 10 campuses throughout the islands.
  • Though the surf beaches on Oahu’s North Shore are world-famous for the swells that hit the islands, the surf season is traditionally in the wintertime and the summer season features calmer waters.
  • Each island has a nickname that is representative of its features:
  • Oahu: The Gathering Isle
  • Maui: The Valley Isle
  • Kauai: The Garden Isle
  • Hawaiʻi Island: The Big Island
  • Lanai: The Pineapple Isle
  • Molokai: The Friendly Isle
  • Ni’ihau: The Forbidden Isle
  • Hawaiʻi was admitted as a state on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state
  • The state flower is the yellow hibiscus
  • Hawaiʻi’s population is just over 1.4 million, 75% of which reside on Oahu; of that 75%, 80% live within the city limits of Honolulu.
  • A flight from the west coast of the United States takes approximately 6 hours to get to paradise

Due to the high volume of visitors traveling to Hawaiʻi year round, our Hawaiʻi tours and activities sell out quickly. In many cases, tours sell out weeks or months in advance. To ensure your spots on tour, we recommend reserving your tours today.


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