There are three different populations of false killer whales that swim in the warm waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. If that fact makes you want to change your vacation plans and fly to Europe instead — think again. Though their coloring resembles that of a killer whale, these sea mammals are actually the third-largest type of dolphin.
These special dolphins are pretty sparse and rare in other parts of the world. For this reason, they are the type of dolphins that are sought out most for observation.
Extra Special Shells
In all of the islands of Hawaii, shells are used to make intricate, beautiful shell leis. Typically, three different kinds of shells are used to make these leis. Many island inhabitants are artists and craft makers. These residents love crafting beautiful shell leis that can be found in stores on each of the Hawaiian Islands.
The price of each lei is dependent on what shells are used, and how common each shell is. So if you want one of those extra special leis, be prepared to shell out the cash!
Hawaii Wasn't Alway a Holiday Destination
Following World War II, Hawaii entered the vacation destination scene and quickly became known as one of the most popular getaways, especially for people living in the US. This illustration of a guy suffering and enjoying himself is a prime example of the press Hawaii got.
This photo is actually one of the first examples we have of marketing surf culture to the general American public. Though surf culture wouldn’t become a huge craze until the 50s and 60s in America.
Kill Time With Killer Whales
If you find yourself in Oahu, you'll get a chance to see these wonderful and rare dolphins up close. Unlike actual killer whales, false killer whales are friendly and approachable. These amazing dolphins have actually been known to catch food and bring them as gifts to humans who are in the process of diving or boating!
However, they also are known to take fish off of hooks, which can lead to injury and is actually one of the main causes of decline in the false killer whale population around the Hawaiian Islands.
The War Temple
This temple sits atop a hill and is located on the island of O’ahu. It's called Pu’u Mahuka Heiau which roughly translates to “hill of escape.” Not much has remained from it, but trust us when we tell you that it was constructed as a war temple.
Historians have dated the temple’s early construction to the 17th century though they have found that more construction was done on the temple in the 18th century.