The sea-locked land of Hawaii never ceases to amaze and astonish us. While most of us associate the place with the sun and hot temperatures, it actually went through four different periods of Glaciers over the last 300,000 years.
In simple language, it means it found itself in an ice age four times. We are not sure why, but we sure do hope it’ll never go past four, as we like our Hawaiin beaches hot and sunny.
Pineapples Are Not Hawaiian!
When you think of Hawaii, you think about coconuts and pineapples. Funnily enough, pineapples are not actually originally from Hawaii.
The tropical fruit pretends to be a native, but just like any other con artist, it's hiding who it truly is. The fruit is originally from South Africa, still, it fooled all of us. Maybe it's because it has found its way into Hawaiin culture, symbolizing happiness and hospitality.
The Largest Tree in the World
Hawaiians are always very proud to talk about the different wonders that can be found in their home state. One of these wonders is the world's largest banyan tree.
The tree was planted in 1873 and has since grown to be over 60 feet tall. It can be found in Lahaina's Banyan Tree Park. Now, get this, the tree is so big that in itself, it makes for the whole park!
The Riveting Wailua River
Located in the Wailua River Valley on the eastern side of Kauai, the Wailua River State Park is home to the only navigable river in Hawaii. People who visit the park can take advantage of the lovely river and engage in activities such as kayaking, river boating, and exploring the rainforest.
Within the park is an important site, the Wailua Complex. This complex is made up of a series of temples and was once the center of chiefly power on the island of Kauai.
Coffee, Cocoa, and Vanilla
Ask almost any person you know what is something they enjoy and there's a great chance their answer will be directly or indirectly connected to coffee, cocoa, or vanilla. Lovers of all of the above will be thrilled to hear that Hawaii is the only state in the US that has the right soil and climate to grow all three.
The coffee industry specifically is a big moneymaker for the state, and in 2019 alone, coffee made $102.91 million for the islands.