As we were getting ready to move to Hawaii, I was a little confused about all the islands - how many are there, which is which, is Hawaii a state or an island, etc.
I'm still a little fuzzy on just how many islands there are, so I thought I would educate myself a little more about this amazing state on today's Aloha Friday.
The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii. (and though I was happy to find this little tidbit of information, my map does not show which islands is Niihau, or Kahoolawe. But I'm here here to help. Do you see that little island next to Kauai? - that is Niihau. And that little island between Maui and Kauai is the island of Kahoolawe.)
Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.
The wind generally blows east to west in Hawaii. The highest recorded temperature is 96' F (Honolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92' F generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature (under 3000 feet altitude) is 56' F. Temperatures under 60' F may occur but rarely more than once a year. Average daytime temp. (July) is 82' F. Average daytime temperature in January is 72' F. This is why we do not have air conditioning. I will say that there are a couple hours in the afternoon that are just a little warm.
There are no racial or ethnic majorities in Hawaii. Everyone is a minority. Caucasians (Haoles) constitute about 34%; Japanese-American about 32%; Filipino-American about 16% and Chinese-American about 5%. It is very difficult to determine racial identification as most of the population has some mixture of ethnicities.
The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state's best surfing beaches are on Oahu.
The Big Island is Hawaii's largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.
Kilauea Iki, found on the Big Island, is the world's most active and largest volcano.
Kalaaupapa, on the island of Molokai, was once a leper colony administered by Father Damien.
The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii's most secluded. Lanai's Hulope Bay is a marine preserve and considered one of the best diving spots in the world.
Wendy's Tiki Hut, can be found on the island of Oahu - just a short drive from some of the worlds most beautiful beaches.