The beaches of Hawaii are synonymous with relaxation. This is America’s island paradise that deserves special attention. While Honolulu will generally be your first port of call, be sure to check out the sights on the other islands including Maui and Molokai. To make your Hawaiian experience all more interesting, we thought we’d put together some trivia on the American state.
Here are our top five Hawaii trivia facts.
Hawaii is potentially the most isolated region on earth with a significant population centre. Honolulu is 3,800 kilometres from Los Angeles, 6438 kilometres from Tokyo and 7570 kilometres from Brisbane.
The iconic maritime legend, Captain Cook was murdered at Kealakekua Bay in February 1779. For history buffs, there’s a memorial that marks the spot where Cook suffered an untimely end on what was his third and last major expedition around the world.
Reputed to be the world’s largest dormant volcano, the Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui measures 11.25 kilometres across, 3.2 kilometres wide and 800 metres deep. The last eruption is believed to have occurred in 1790. Interestingly, the Hawaiian Islands were all formed through volcanic activity thousands of years ago.
The 50th State
Hawaii formally became the 50th state of America, when Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act in 1959 ending around 60 years of independence and self-governance as a Republic. In doing so, Hawaii became the only American state not connected to mainland North America.
King Kalākaua and Queen Lili’uokalani governed from the ‘Iolani Palace until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. As such, the Palace is the only royal palace in the United States. Today the structure in Honolulu is a public museum and is worth exploring.