Friday, March 17, 2006

10 Things You Didn't know about Hawaii

10 Things you didn't know about the Hawaiian Islands From

From tip to tip, Hawaii is the widest state in the United States

There are four counties in Hawaii (Kauai; city and county of Honolulu on Oahu; Maui; and Hawaii). Each city has a mayor and council in charge.

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Vowels: A, E, I, O, U Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W

Hawaii is the only state that is not part of the the mainland of North America.

Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee

One-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 4,900 miles from China; 3,850 miles from Japan; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time. The time runs 3 hours behind Pacific Standard Time and 6 hours behind Eastern Standard Time right now. Remember this when calling the islands or from the islands.

Hawaii was once an independent monarchy. Polynesian monarchs rules the islands for 99 years, 1795-1894. The islands became republic. No other state has had this form of government.

In Hawaii, there are no racial or ethnic majorities, everyone is a minority. Caucasians (Haoles) constitute about 34%; Japanese-American about 32%; Filipino-American about 16% and Chinese-American about 5%. It is very difficult to determine racial identification as most of the population has some mixture of ethnicities, (Hapa).

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