10 Fun Facts about Hawaii

Thursday, August 29, 2013

1. Twelve letters and 1 symbol make up the ENTIRE Native Hawaiian alphabet.
          A E I O U | H K L M N P W | ' (okina - which is like a backwards apostrophe)

2. Hawaii is the only state in America that continues to grow it's land mass due to the active volcanoes it has.  We have five active volcanoes, four of which are on the island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island).  They are Loihi, Hualalei, Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  The other volcano is Haleakala on the island of Maui.

3. We are the only state in the USA that produces coffee and we also produce 1/3 of the world's commercial supply of Pineapple.

4. Hawaii has two official languages, Hawaiian and English, however... we also have our own "creole" dialect called Pidgin and knowing the Japanese language is valued due to the amount of Japanese tourists that feed our economy via our number one industry, Tourism, most school children opt to study Japanese language opposed to the popular choice of the continental US, Spanish. Back to the pidgin.  See examples below:

     brok da mout. Broke the mouth. Absolutely delicious. Ho, Tutu's malasadas so ono, brok da mout. Wow!  Great grandma's malasadas (Portuguese donuts) are so delicious, broke the mouth.

     bumbye. By and by, eventually. Eh! You get dirty lickins bumbye you no stop dat! Hey, you are going to get a spanking if you do not stop that.

     cockaroach. To steal. Eh, who wen cockaroach all da manapua? Hey, who stole all of the manapua?

     da kine. The ultimate pidgin phrase. Can mean virtually anything. It is equal to "whatchamacallit". 1)Eh, you get any da kine? 2)Ho, brah, dat's da kine. 3) She wen da kine foa get da kine foa da kine. 1) Hey, do you have whatchamacallit?  2)Hey, bro, that's whatchamacallit. 3) She went to get the whatchamacallit, but then forget whatchamacallit, for whatchamacallit.

     grind. To eat. So what you like grind? We no moa da kine. No worries, brah, I grind any kine. Do you want to eat?  We don't have _______.  No worries, bro, I'll eat anything.

     hana hou. Once more, again. Chee, LaVerne, do dat hana hou! Woo Hoo, LaVerne (typical Portuguese name), do that one more time!  *Many times after concerts we will chant Hana Hou, opposed to calling back out the band by their name.

     kanak attack. The feeling of intense laziness that one gets from eating too much. After pounding three plate lunches I had a major kanak attack.  After eating three plate lunch, I had a major food coma.

     like beef? Would you like to fight with me? Not a choice of entrees. Eh brah, you like beef? Hey man, do you want to fight?

     pau (pow). Actual Hawaiian word, used constantly, meaning finished or done. Chee, I thought you pau already! I thought you were done already

     pau hana (pow HAH-nah). Another actual Hawaiian phrase. Means after work. Also after work drink. Junior wen bus up his truck. Get too many pau hana. Junior got into an accident with his truck because he had too many drinks after work.

     try. Please. Try wait, eh? I come back bumbye. Get plenny customahs. Hi, could you please wait? I will come back, there are plenty of customers.

5. One of the only (if not the only) places you can snowboard in the morning and hit the waves in the afternoon.  Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii both stand 13,000+ feet above sea level.  In the winter months you will find snow there!  Yes, snow in Hawaii.  People have been known to snowboard in the morning, then warm up by hitting the waves in the afternoon.  How perfect would that day be?

6. 'Iolani Palace on the island of Oahu is the only royal palace in the US.

7. Hawaii has the most isolated population on earth, separated by 2390 miles of ocean.

8. Rice is the main starch of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.  We eat rice with everything, including potatoes.  For instance, Beef Stew over Rice, Curry over Rice.

9. In the early 2000s it rained for 40 straight days in Hawaii.  Thank the Lord up above I was in Portland, Oregon attending the University of Portland. 

10. Hawaii has the longest projected life span than any other state in the US.  The average projected lifespan of those born in Hawaii in the year 2000 is 79.8 years (77.1 years if male; 82.5 if female).

sources include: here and here 
xoxo, Aukele
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  1. Wow, thanks for sharing these pieces of information!! I had no idea it could snow in Hawaii!

  2. Wow, these were really fun to read and totally interesting! I would have never guessed that children would opt to learn Japanese as opposed to Spanish :) very cool!

  3. very interesting facts, i definitely learned a lot! 40 days of rain? thats crazy.

  4. Isn't that interesting? My cousin has done the snow & surf in a day thing. I have yet to drive that far up the mountain!

  5. Yep. Japan and its culture is very prevalent here and it is a bonus in the workplace, especially working in Waikiki or with a company that serves tourists.

  6. Cute post. Ah, Hawaiʻi no ka oi!

    2 symbols, actually. The kahakō (a line over a vowel) elongates the sound of the vowel. All vowels are broad in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

    Also, 'pidgin' and 'ʻIolani'. ; )

  7. So, you realize this just makes me want to move to Hawaii, right?

  8. http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/olelo/puana/alphabet.php



    And yes - thank you for pointing out my spelling errors, they will be fixed!

  9. Thank you!! I have yet to meet someone with my name!

  10. We can switch places for a couple weeks!!! Seriously :) I miss me some Portland. Only thing is we'd have to do when Saturday Market is in season and the Cherry Blossom Trees are blossoming at UP.... April??!!!

  11. This was really fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow how awesome! I loved reading these! :) Had NO CLUE Hawaii produced that many pineapples!

  13. Yes girl!! You can visit the Dole Plantation when you get here and take a little train tour and history lesson of the pineapple fields then have some yum yum Pineapple Dole Whip Ice Cream/Sorbet mixture! Lol.

  14. Absolutely! Definitely more to come on the topic :)

  15. Kele I loved reading all of these fun facts - love the language part. So fun! And wow - 40 straight days of rain. That might have pushed me over the edge! But can't wait to visit Hawaii some day. :)


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