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Did you know that the Hawaiian Islands are some of the most beautiful in the world?

With their pristine beaches and lush rainforests, they are a popular tourist destination for people from all over the globe. There is so much to see and do on these islands, from swimming with dolphins to hiking through volcanoes.

Apart from being a major attraction among tourists from all over the world, there are some mindblowing facts about Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are volcanic islands and are home to some of the world's most active volcanoes and lava flows. The Hawaiian Islands are located in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean and are made up of an island chain of 137 islands. The eight major islands are Kauai, Niihau, Oahu, Molokai, Lānai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the island of Hawaii. Out of all the islands of Hawaii, the Big Island is more than twice of all the islands of Hawaii combined. Hawaii is also referred to as Big Island by tourists and visitors. Out of these eight islands, six are open to tourists. Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the planet, being around 2,400 mi (3862 km) away from the U.S mainland. As a result, this remarkable state has its own time zone! It is three hours behind the Pacific Time Zone or the U.S. West Coast. The people who live in Hawaii are called Hawaii residents.

The population of the Hawaiian Islands is around one million people. However, this number can vary depending on the season. The majority of Hawaii's residents live on Oahu. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. to have two official languages which are Hawaiian and English. The Hawaiian language is quite interesting. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 13 letters and is written in Latin script, just like English. It consists of eight consonants and five vowels! There are many facts about the state bird, fish, and other symbols of Hawaii. There are only two mammals that are native to Hawaii- one is the Hawaiian monk seal and the next is the Hawaiian hoary bat. The state bird of Hawaii is the Nene goose and Hawaii's state flower is the yellow hibiscus. The state fish is the Reef Triggerfish. Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States. The place is in Hawaii Islands and is famously also known as the South Point. The tallest mountain recorded in the world, Mauna Kea, stands at a height of 33,000 ft (10,058 m) from the submarine base. Hawaii is also the only U.S. state that has had a royal history, going under monarchy once! In fact, the Iolani Palace on Oahu is the only royal palace you'd find in the United States of America.

Museums Of The Hawaiian Islands

The Bishop Museum in Honolulu is the largest museum in Hawaii and one of the largest museums in the United States. It is dedicated to the history, culture, and art of the Hawaiian Islands. The museum has a vast collection of artifacts from ancient Hawaii all the way up to modern times.

The Lyman House Memorial Museum is another popular museum on Oahu. This museum focuses on local history, with exhibits that tell the story of life in Hawaii before it became a state. One of its most popular attractions is its collection of authentic traditional Hawaiian houses called 'hales'.

Hawaii's Eco-Tourism Experiences

Eco-tourism is a growing travel trend where great importance is placed on making sure that any negative impact on the environment is minimized, local culture is respected, and adding on to sustainability and conservation efforts of the area traveled to. The people of Hawaii are strong believers in 'Malama ka‘aina' and 'Malama ke kai', which means to care for the land and to care for the ocean. Hawaiians trust that if the environment is cared for, loved, and respected, the environment will in turn care for them. The way of life has been followed by them ever since the first settlers came in.

The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the most diverse and beautiful eco-tourism experiences in the world. The best way to enjoy the eco-tourism experiences in Hawaii is by planning your trip well in advance. This will allow you to ensure that you have enough time to visit all of the islands and that you can book any activities that you are interested in. You can find an experience that's perfect for you, whether you're interested in hiking through a rainforest, swimming with dolphins, or watching whales breaching. Here are some eco-tourism activities you can do while you are here to have the best Hawaiian holiday experience.

One of the top diving spots in the world is found on Hawaii island and is none other than the Molokini Crater which is part of the Marine Life Conservation District. They offer some extremely fun snorkeling activities here! There are almost 250 marine species that live in and around the crater too along with approximately 30 varieties and more than 100 types of algae. Due to the crescent shape, the zone is sheltered so there is no sediment to disturb the view as well! If you have an adventurous side to you, you'll love Atlantis! By choosing locations like Maui, Kona, and Waikiki, the Atlantis Submarine will take you 100 ft (30.48 m) below the surface. Staying true to their beliefs, the submarines are powered by batteries and do not give out any pollution that could harm sea life.

Another place for ardent beach lovers is the Punaluʻu black sand beach located on the southeastern Kau coast. We've got something with volcano lovers too! The Volcanoes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a huge tourist spot. You can trek through changing terrains from rainforest paths to deserts and take in the spectacular views of the rainfalls and the ocean.

The Hawaiian Islands Weather

The weather on the Hawaiian Islands is incredibly diverse and can vary from one island to the next. The temperature on the islands ranges from lows of around 60 F (15.55 C) to highs of almost 90 F (32.22 C). The wettest season on the islands is during the winter, while the driest season is during the summer.

Rain showers can happen randomly at any time of the year but it rains more often between November to February. The winters do not last long here in Hawaii and the sunshine along with the blue skies return very quickly. Something called 'Mauka Showers' is also common here where Mauka refers to 'towards the mountains'. It often rains in the mountains or near the valleys and stays almost dry on the beaches! Hawaii also enjoys what is called micro-climates where even if one part of a place is raining, you can travel a short distance and find dry weather. There is quite a variety of weather in Hawaii so make sure to carry a raincoat and a thick sweater in case there is a change in weather and it rains.

Hawaiian Island Flowers

Charles Lindbergh, a well-known aviator, loved Kipahulu, Maui so much that he was asked to be buried at Palapala Hoomau Church, in the shade of a Java plum tree.

Once you land in the Hawaiian airport, you'll be greeted with a fresh flower garland called lei. Leis are given as a sign of respect or appreciation. The Hawaii island is known for its beautiful flowers and each of the islands has its own emblem which is either a flower or a plant. One of the best places to see these flowers is at Haleakalā National Park on Maui, where there are more than 2000 different types of plants. Flowers in Hawaii represent love, respect, and welcome in the islands.

Hawaii's state flower is the yellow hibiscus also known as the 'pua mao hau hele'! As the local residents are very protective of their environment, it is best to not go about picking flowers that you see. Especially in the wild, if you come across the Yellow hibiscus, please don't pick it up as this flower is under the list of endangered species. Here's a fun fact, the hibiscus blooms almost every day but the bloom lasts for only about a day or two! Another tropical flower that you'd often see in Hawaii is the bird of paradise. You can see them a lot more when you go for waterfall hikes in Maui. Jasmine is the next most loved flower of Hawaii and is referred to by its people as 'pikake'. Brides, dancers, and honored guests are often given a jasmine lei. A jasmine lei is often woven together when they are in the stage of buds rather than full blossomed flowers. Naupaka is another common Hawaiian flower that you can find almost everywhere! These flowers are native to the islands and have an extremely amazing fragrance.

Sharon Judith
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Sharon Judith

<p>A humanities and Science student, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology, Economics, and Sociology from Mount Carmel College and is currently pursuing her Master's in Science from Bournemouth University. She is passionate about research, content writing, and development, and has a keen interest in international finance and economics. With her strong analytical skills and inquisitive mind, she is always striving to deepen her knowledge and understanding of these subjects.</p>

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