What could be a more natural combination than Hawaii and fun?
Whether you're planning a trip to Hawaii, or want to reminisce about a recent stay, there are fun facts galore about Hawaii that will surprise and entertain you.
Just up ahead, find out more about the 50th US state that is - in more ways than one - miles apart from any other:
DID YOU KNOW? Hawaii travel fun facts
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• Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee.
• Hawaii is the only U.S. state whose land area is actually increasing (from volcanic eruptions on the Big Island).
• On any one of the Hawaiian islands, you're actually standing on top of exposed peaks of a giant mountain range, known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain, formed by volcanic activity.
• Hawaii's official state fish is humuhumunukunukuapuaa, (pronounced HOO-moo- HOO-moo-NOO-koo-NOO-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah) or humuhumu, for short.
• Hawaii is home to the “Happy Face Spider,” whose abdomen bears a pattern resembling a smiling face.
• Hawaii remains the most remote population center on earth. It is located 3,850 miles from Japan, and 2,390 miles from it's nearest neighboring state, California.
• Hawaii has its own time zone, called Hawaiian Standard Time (HST). The Islands’ time runs two hours behind
Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
• With its easy-going culture and famous "Aloha spirit", Hawaii also boasts the highest life expectancy in the United States. For males it is 75. For females it is 80 years.
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Oprah Winfrey and Bette Midler.
• Hawaii starred in a total of three Elvis Presley films: "Blue Hawaii" (1961), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962) and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" (1966). The first two were shot mostly on Kauai. The last was filmed in several locations around Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.
• Celebrity landowners in Hawaii include Bette Midler (who grew up on Oahu) as well as Graham Nash, Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller, and Oprah Winfrey.
• Introduced by soldiers during World War II, Spam has since become a hugely popular food staple in Hawaii with well over 10,000 cans of Spam consumed on average daily, the most of any US state.
More Hawaii travel fun facts around the Web:
Hawaii fun facts & trivia - Packed with interesting stats and trivia about Hawaii including weather information, population numbers, and specific fun facts about each of the Hawaiian islands.
50 fun facts about Hawaii - On the occasion of Hawaii's 50th birthday, a survey of interesting, obscure and fun trivia centering on the state's natural abundance.