It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that The Aloha State’s economy is practically ruled by those of us who go there to relax in the sun. Hawaii does have more than one thriving industry. Coffee definitely helps the state rake in some big bucks, but everyone knows that it is us, the tourist, who run the show!
Tourism makes up more than 20% of the state’s economy and every year more than nine million people come to visit paradise.
Surfing in the 12th Century?
Everything about Hawaii just screams and shouts "We LOVE surfing." Just take a short look at anything around you in Hawaii and you'll see it — from the lifestyle to the fashion and the souvenirs.
A cave painting from the 12th century, showing people surfing, was found in Polynesia, making us about 99% sure that the sport was actually invented there, and has existed for like, a thousand years at least.
Kaho’olawe Is Tiny and Non-Commercial
Kaho’olawe is the smallest volcanic island out of the eight that make up the state of Hawaii. This cute little baby isle measures 11 miles. There's also one fascinating law you should know about — the land and waters of Kaho’olawe can only be used by native Hawaiians.
Nothing that can constitute a commercial activity is allowed on the island. Still, you can visit and enjoy the non-commerciality of it all.
Minorities Are the Majority
It sounds like a contradiction, right? But this peculiar, fun fact about Hawaii actually makes perfect sense. Basically, in most states and countries there is at least one group of people that makes up at least 50% of the population.
When it comes to Hawaii there is no one prevalent group of people living on the island, making it heavenly diverse. Only 10% of those residing in paradise are actual Native Hawaiian.
The Shortest Alphabet (Almost)
The Hawaiian alphabet is only made up of 13 letters. They only have five vowels and seven consonants. It almost won the peculiar title of the world's shortest alphabet, but alas, The Rotokos language has only 12 letters.
You can't win them all. Could this be the reason why Hawaiin words are always long, hard to read, and hard to pronounce? Yes, it is.