Since arriving on the island in late-November we have learned a lot about this chain of islands we now call home. On the surface, living in Hawai’i could be no different than living anywhere in the US. You’ll find most of the same stores and services you could find on the mainland. But stay in Hawaii longer than a week and you would begin to notice how remarkably different it is living in this state.
Here are some fun facts about Hawai’I that you won’t find on Wikipedia:
– Everyone says “Aloha” not just the touristy parts of the island.
– Traditional Hawaiian words and phrases are a commonplace in everyday conversation.
– $5 for a gallon of milk is a deal. I have seen it go for $10 in some stores
– Hawaiian (the language) has only 12 letters; A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, and ‘okina. So many things are named using traditional Hawaiian words so you would quick to learn the pronunciation of each letter.
– There are 137 islands that make up the state; eight major islands including O’ahu, Hawai’i, Maui, and Kaua’i. Honolulu, the state capitol is on O’ahu.
– Honolulu makes the ranks every year as the Worst Traffic in the Nation.
– Hawai’I is also ranked as one of the Happiest Places to Live. It is called Living with “Aloha” and for the most part, everyone is so nice.
– The average temperature year-round is high 70s-low 80s.
– Shorts, tank tops, and swim suits are considered daily clothing.
– For more formal events, khaki shorts and a white linen shirt are as dressy as most people get.
– Wave and beach conditions are higher priority than temperature forecast.
– You could drive around the whole perimeter of the island of O’ahu in four hours.
– Hawai’i has an Interstate system (H-1, H-2, and H-3) but it does not connect to another state.
– You will not find a single Chic-fil-a, Olive Garden, Kispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Chipolte, Panera, Sonic, Steak-N-Shake, or Cracker Barrel.
– You will also not find an Ikea, HomeGoods, Trader Joes, Marshalls, Kohls, or anything similar to a $1 store.
– Hawai’i is a “rabies free” state.
– There are no snakes on the island and if you see one you call a hotline and the government will dispatch a team to locate and destroy the snake.
It would be easy to stick to the “American” things that are readily available in this state, it is in fact part of America, but this state has so much to offer it would be a shame to pass up this opportunity. So what if I can’t have Olive Garden’s salad whenever I want and who cares if a gallon of milk is more precious than gold, this is fricken paradise.
These are the top ‘facts’ that I could remember as I sat down to write this post. I realize there is so much more to learn during our time on this island and I look forward to a few more “Fun Fact Friday: Hawai’i” posts.