Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 Hawaii was the 50th and youngest state to join the United States of America!
It is the most southern state in the U.S. More specifically, Ka Lae, located on the Big Island, is the absolute most southern point!
#2 It’s the only state in the U.S. that’s made up entirely of islands!
Some people might think that Hawaii is just a handful of islands, but there are actually 132 islands in all, plus 124 islets. The eight main islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe. The whole Hawaiian archipelago actually extends to create the longest island chain in the world.
#3 The Hawaiian Islands are actually the tops of mountains!
And not just any mountains! They’re the tops of the biggest mountain range in the world. Millions of years ago, undersea volcanoes erupted to form the whole chain! The peak of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii, is actually the biggest and tallest mountain on earth. It measures 33,100 feet to Mount Everest’s 29, 029 feet. Since most of this height lies below the surface of the ocean, Mount Everest still takes the title for the highest mountain.
#4 If you measure the eight main islands from east to west, they cover 1,523 miles!
Hawaii is the second largest state in the U.S. after Alaska. It’s fourth on the list for the most miles of coastline with 750 miles! Only California, Alaska, and Florida beat it.
#5 Speaking of the Big Island… it gets bigger each year!
All of Hawaii formed as a result of volcanic eruptions, and the Kilauea Volcano has been erupting for thirty years — and still is! As a result, the Big Island gains about forty-two acres every year. The Big Island is actually only about half a million years old, which is why its beaches aren’t the best… Check back in five million years!
#6 Hawaii comes from the Proto-Polynesian word “hawaiki.”
It can mean either “homeland” or “place of the gods.”
#7 Hawaii has its own time zone!
On the islands, they go by Hawaiian Standard Time. Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
#8 Hawaii is the 8th smallest state in the United States!
It’s the 11th least populous, but the 13th most densely populated of all the states. That means there are about 214 people per square mile.
#9 38% of Hawaii’s population is of Asian descent.
While you might expect the population to be Hawaiian, less than 10% of Hawaii’s residents are actually Hawaiian. With another 23% of the population being of mixed or other descent, Hawaii becomes the only U.S. state where Caucasian individuals are a minority at 23% of the population.
#10 One of Hawaii’s most popular nicknames is the “Aloha State.”
Many people don’t realize that Aloha has multiple meanings. It’s a very commonly used word. It can mean “hello,” “goodbye,” “welcome,” or even “best wishes” or “love.” Use the context to determine which one!