12 Random facts about Hawaii
- Hawaii’s coral reefs make up over 80% of the reefs found in the United States
- Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines (source)
- Approximately 25% of Hawaii’s reef fishes and corals are found nowhere else on earth (source)
- There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Vowels: A, E, I, O, U Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W
- From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state in the United States
- Haleakala Crater on Maui is the world’s largest dormant volcano (source)
- Mt. Waialeale on the island of Kauai is the rainiest place on the planet, with average rainfall of 476 inches per year
- Molokai has the world’s highest sea cliffs, Hawaii’s longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in Hawaii
- Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has an increasing land area (due to volcano eruptions)
- Kilauea Iki on the Big Island is the world’s most active and largest volcano
- Only two types of mammals are native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and the monk seal (source)
- Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island is actually taller than Mount Everest when measured from its oceanic base. Mauna Kea stands at more than 33,500 feet and Mount Everest only rises about 13,615 feet above its own base (source)
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