Alone but definitely not lonely, those who live in Hawaii have the dubious privilege of being the most isolated people on earth.
Located 4000 miles away from Japan as well as 2,400 miles away from the continental US, the eight islands of Hawaii are like the loner kid in high school who wants to go against the grain and off the grid. Recluses and hermits are always welcome in Hawaii.
The Hawaiin Ohelo plant is the one responsible for the delicious Ohelo berry. Despite growing alongside volcanos, the berry is edible and is said to have a similar taste to that of a cranberry.
Early Hawaiians did not touch a berry without offering it to the gods first. Today they make jams and pies with it. The Nene geese practically binge on them and also help disperse their seeds — everybody wins.
The Resilient Ohelo Plant
The Ohelo plant is endemic to the islands and it used to be considered sacred. Today, it has a sizzling story to tell you — it likes the altitudes and can even grow on volcanic ash and lava flows.
This is one determined plant, in order to adapt to its chaotic, often volcanic lifestyle, it can even survive a 25 cm ash fall!
What's the Deal with Hawaiian shirts?
You have seen these shirts, mostly, but not exclusively, worn by men. Also named aloha shirts, you can count on them to always be colorful. They usually feature a pattern inspired by nature, and many tourists wear them daily when visiting Hawaii. The shirt was used to be worn in situations a tad more formal than just going to the beach.
Hawaiians wore it to a nice restaurant or to for a day the office. Today, aloha shirts have become something else — a symbol of the laid-back Hawaiian lifestyle.
One State, Four Climate Zones
What's a climate zone? The Koppen climate system distinguishes between five different climate zones. The five are tropical, continental, mild, dry, and polar. We'll let you figure out what each one means by yourselves.
The paradise of the pacific has four out of the five, only missing the Continental one, which requires at least one month of freezing cold as well as one month of temperatures being above 50 °F. The eight islands are overachievers — they also have eight out of the thirteen climate sub-zones.