Before you write it off as a commonplace tourist haven, hang tight (or loose… or ten). We bet you didn’t know these ten most interesting facts about Hawaii.
1. Hawaii is the Only State that Grows Coffee Commercially
A long beach stroll… and a nice cup of joe? It might not be the first beverage of choice you think of sipping along the sandy shore, but homegrown Hawaiian coffee is hard to resist.
California is beginning to experiment with coffee growing in some regions of the state, but Hawaii is leading the charge. So stock up while you’re on the islands to ensure the farmers receive their fair share of the profits.
If you opt to purchase Kona coffee in your home state, make sure that it’s 100% Kona Coffee! Some brand-name companies claim to sell purely Kona grown coffee, when in fact, the beans are from other origins.
2. The Dole Plantation is Home to the Largest Maze in the World
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? That would be SpongeBob, and we can’t help but wonder if he bought his home at the Dole Plantation. Not only is it the world’s largest pineapple plantation -- it’s home to the world’s largest maze!
The Pineapple Garden Maze consists of three acres with two and a half miles of twists and turns. In addition, visitors can download the Dole Plantation app for an enhanced labyrinth experience.
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Along the way, you’ll see more than 14,000 native Hawaiian plants and, of course, pineapples. But, unfortunately, we just can’t guarantee you’ll come across any sponges.
3. Hawaii Was the First State to Ban Plastic Bags
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind? Katy Perry said it best. And Hawaii? It’s taking care of the problems that plastic bags can create best.
Although the rest of the United States is finally catching on, Hawaii was ahead of the game in banning plastic bags and other plastic items. Back in 2015, Hawaii banned all grocery stores from selling plastic bags to customers.
This ruling shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as the Hawaiian Islands have a firsthand view of how plastics and other harmful materials affect our oceans and marine life.
4. Hawaii is the Backdrop of Multiple Hollywood Blockbusters
Between the lush, rugged mountain terrains, picture-perfect beaches, and representations of 10 out of 14 climate zones throughout the islands, it’s easy to see why film studios choose Hawaii again and again as a choice destination for movie shoots.
Some of your favorite movies and TV shows have been filmed on the Hawaiian Islands, including:
- Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Jurassic Park
- Jurassic World
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- South Pacific
- 50 First Dates
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- Kong: Skull Island
Forget Hollywood -- movie buffs will want to head to Hawaii! We assume most movie buffs have abandoned this article to book their ticket by now, but if you’re still here, there are more interesting facts ahead.
5. Hawaii Played a Big Role in Popularizing Surfing
This one may not be a huge surprise, but would it really be an article about Hawaii if we didn’t mention surfing? While Polynesians initially brought the sport to the Hawaiian Islands, it was in Hawaii that the sport took off.
Originally known as “wave sliding,” surfing was introduced to the contiguous United States by three Hawaiian princes.
There’s no better way to get a taste of Hawaiian culture (and a taste of saltwater) than catching some waves. Cowabunga!
6. Billboards are Outlawed in Hawaii
No place can be as scenic as Hawaii without a little intention. Drive along any road or highway on the Hawaiian Islands, and you’ll notice something out of the ordinary -- there aren’t any billboards! This nice departure from the norm of the mainland is the result of a ban dating back to the 1920s.
Instead, you’ll often see individuals waving signs for their supported political candidate, advertisement, or promotion on the side of the road. Stop and say, “Aloha”!
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7. Snakes are Also Outlawed in Hawaii
While some businesses may complain about the billboard ban, we can’t imagine anyone complaining about this ban. In Hawaii, it’s illegal to own a pet snake unless it’s safely contained in a zoo.
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As if this wasn’t enough, there are no native snake species on the islands. Carefree nature hikes through tropical forests? Sign us up!
8. Hawaii Does Not Observe Daylight Savings Time
No one knows how to live life on island time better than the Hawaiians. You can forget switching your clock an hour ahead or behind when visiting the islands, as Hawaii doesn’t observe daylight savings time.
Why? The logic is simple. Back in 1967, Hawaii’s local government didn’t see a reason to alter schedules based on the amount of sunlight.
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In addition, Hawaii’s geographic location near the equator means they receive plenty of sunshine year-round. No clock changing for these islands in the sun!
9. Hawaii is a Melting Pot of Cuisines
Visions of grilled pineapple, pork, and poke may come to mind when broaching the topic of Hawaiian cuisine, but there’s a lot more to it than that. With influences from Europe and Asia, mixed with its own native flair, you’ll find a lot of diversity demonstrated in the dishes of Hawaii.
Two notable staples include spam and shaved ice. These may not be traditional fare for a beach bum, but in Hawaii, they know how to let their cravings and the waves take them where they will.
10. You Can Mail a Coconut from Hawaii
If you’re going to travel all the way to Hawaii, don’t settle for average souvenirs. Postcards are so cliche -- why not send a coconut to friends and family on the mainland? You’ll be the talk of the town as soon as you set foot off the plane.
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