Friday, September 7, 2012

Interesting Facts about Hawaii

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Capital - Honolulu
Population - 1,374,810
Governor - Neil Abercrombie

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The island state of Hawaii is amongst the most beautiful states in America. It comprises 8 islands: Hawaii, Maui, O'ahu, Kaua'i, Moloka'i, Lāna'i, Niʻihau and Kahoʻolawe. There are more than 100 famous beaches in Hawaii, which attract scores of tourists all year round. Because of its geographic location, the state has major North American and Asian influences. Apart from tourists, it also is a hotspot for marine biologists, scientists and researchers alike, thanks to its abundant and varied wildlife and natural features.
* Move the mouse over the images to see the postcards of Hawaii!

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flower bulletHawaii is the only coffee producing state in America.

flower bulletIt also happens to be the widest state in all of America.

flower bulletThis island state is one of the largest producers of pineapples in the world, and accounts for about one-third of the world's commercial pineapple produce.

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flower bulletHaleakalā Crater in Molokai, is the world's largest dormant volcano.

flower bulletPresident Barack Obama also hails from this island state.

flower bulletThe Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, is amongst the largest and most active volcanoes in the world.

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flower bulletIts capital, Honolulu, alone has about 100 beaches!

flower bulletThe world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on top of a twenty stories high tower.

flower bulletHonolulu has the longest border for any city in the world.

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flower bulletHawaii is derived from the Polynesian word hawaiki, which means ''place of the Gods.''

flower bulletIt is the youngest amongst the American states, being the 50th state to be inducted into America.

flower bulletThe islands of Hawaii were formed a few thousand years ago by undersea volcanoes.

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flower bulletKa Lae is the southernmost part of the United States.

flower bulletThe state has the world's largest plantation of orchids and is the largest harvester of macadamia nuts.

flower bulletThe loudest creature in the world, the Humpback Whale, is a native of Hawaii. It is also the official Marine Mammal of this state.

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flower bulletThe world's highest sea cliff is in the island of Lanai.

flower bulletThe Big Island, because of its strategic location, is an important military base of the U.S. Armed Forces.

flower bulletThe hardened lava fields of Mauna Loa were used by astronauts to train for walking on the moon.

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flower bulletSurfing was invented by the natives of Hawaii.

flower bulletIn English script, there are only 12 alphabets in Hawaiian.

flower bulletThe 8 horizontal stripes on the Hawaiian flag, represent the eight islands of the state.

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flower bulletThe Hula was originally performed by men to honor the Gods.

flower bulletThe people of Hawaii have the longest expected lifespan in all of America (77.1 years for men, and 82.5 for women).

flower bulletThe popular T.V series, Lost was shot in these beautiful islands.

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flower bulletIn ancient times, the women of Hawaii were not permitted to have fruits like banana, coconuts and certain fish. The penalty for breaking this law was often death!

flower bulletThe oldest Catholic Cathedral in all of America, Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, in Honolulu was built in 1843.

flower bulletHawaii is the most secluded chain of islands in the world.
By Alex Mathew

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