Interesting facts about Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the US states. At the same time, the distance to the continental United States is 3, 700 kilometers. The Hawaiian Islands are home to about one and a half million people, and a third of them are from Asian countries - Japan, the Philippines and China. Hawaii was granted status on August 21, 1959. The capital of the Hawaiian Islands is the city of Honolulu. Currently, it is one of the centers of world tourism.

13 Interesting Facts About Hawaii

  1. The local airport receives over 20, 000, 000 passengers annually. Fifty times more than the population of the city itself. It is one of the busiest airports in the United States.
  2. All Hawaiians are fluent in English. The indigenous population of about 400, 000 also has its own Hawaiian language. But, in everyday life, it is rarely used. currently, the state authorities support the movement to preserve the distinctive culture of the local people.
  3. Every word in the native Hawaiian language ends with a vowel. And the Hawaiian alphabet appeared only at the beginning of the 19th century, thanks to European missionaries. Hawaiian-language newspapers began to appear in 1834. But, gradually this language was supplanted by English.
  4. The angle-tailed triggerfish, a fish from the triggerfish family, is found off the coast of Hawaii. The body length of this fish reaches 30 centimeters. And the local population call the angled triggerfish the longest word in the Hawaiian language - humuhumunukunukuapua'a, which is translated into Russian as "triggerfish with a pork snout."
  5. The national cuisine of Hawaii was greatly influenced by the gastronomic features of various countries - Japan, Korea, China, and the USA. The popular Hawaiian dish loco-moco consists of several layers - rice, meat or fish, and on top of fried eggs. The dish is very high in calories, therefore, not suitable for those who are watching their figure.
  6. On February 14, 1779, the famous navigator James Cook was killed in a skirmish with the locals. After his death, the expedition was led by Charles Clerk. He made an attempt to recapture the body of the captain from the natives by armed means. But, they returned to the ship only ten pounds of meat and a head without a lower jaw.
  7. In the early days of aviation, many pilots attempted to fly over the Pacific from Hawaii to California. After a series of disasters, the US government has banned such adventures. The female aviator Amelia Earhart was able to overcome the ban. On January 11, 1935, a brave pilot covered the distance in 18 hours 16 minutes. In California, Amelia was greeted by a huge crowd of spectators, and US President F. Roosevelt sent her a congratulatory telegram.
  8. Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. the first coffee plantations appeared here in 1813, it turned out that the local climate is ideal for this culture. Up to two tons of coffee beans can be harvested from one hectare of land.
  9. Thanks to the Hawaiians, the sport of surfing is born. Moreover, for the inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands it was not just fun, but also part of a religious ritual. European sailors who visited the islands in the 18th century were surprised to describe in their diaries Hawaiians balancing on large boards during the surf. The boards made by the natives were indeed massive and weighed up to 70 kg.
  10. Hawaiians are very fond of celebrating May 1st. Moreover, here it is not the Day of International Workers' Solidarity, but the Day of Lei. Lei are huge garlands woven from different varieties of flowers. The holiday began in 1927 at the initiative of Don Blanding, a poet who worked at the time for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper.
  11. Russian travelers first visited Hawaii in 1804. These were the members of the first Russian round-the-world expedition. The ships "Nadezhda" and "Neva" moored here, commanded by IF Kruzenshtern and Yu. F. Lisyansky. And in 1816-1817. on the island of Kauai, the Elizabethan fortress was built. Soon the fortress had to be abandoned under pressure from the United States and the local population. Currently, only the stone fortress walls have been partially preserved here, which are a historical monument.
  12. Sumo is the national martial art in Japan. But, great fighters are not always natives of the Land of the Rising Sun. Many great masters were born in the Hawaiian Islands. Among them, for example, Salewaa Fuauli Atisanoe, known in the sumo world as Konisiki Yasokichi. He was born in 1963 in Honolulu. The combat weight of Konisiki exceeded 270 kg. The enormous weight not only frightened the rivals, but also caused a lot of inconvenience to the fighter himself. Once a stool broke under him and he received a tailbone injury.
  13. Matt Biondi is one of the most decorated swimmers in the sport's history, with eight Olympic gold medals. After completing his sports career, Biondi moved to Hawaii, where he began working as a regular math teacher at one of the local schools.