10 Facts about Hawaii You Probably Didn’t Know About the US 50th State
10 Facts about Hawaii: A peculiar, random & fun compilation of amazing facts and unknown information about all things “Hawaii” the United States 50th State.
This is the first of many compilations of random 10 Facts about Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands are a lush tropical paradise, and one of the most popular vacation destinations in the entire world, but Hawaii is also a deeply spiritual place, and the lands themselves are remarkably mystical. Here are just 10 reasons why.
10 Facts about Hawaii #1
The Hawaiian “Lei”
When you first arrive in Hawaii, no matter the island, and no matter the airport, you are bound to see plenty of flower necklaces worn by dozens of people of every culture and ethnicity. When you first step out of the stuffy plane and into the warm tropical air you will see people everywhere adorning their loved ones, relatives, and friends with Hawaiian lei’s of all colors shapes and sizes.
The Tahitian men and women that founded Hawaii used the lei to distinguish themselves among the different tribes. The lei was used as adornments by both men and women to beautify themselves.
There are very important etiquettes and unspoken rules to giving, wearing, and accepting a lei.
* Always ALWAYS except a lei.
The only exception to not wearing a lei that has been given to you is in the case that the person receiving the lei is pregnant (Hapai). It is customary for a pregnant woman to always wear an open lei that drapes from side to side around the neck and does not connect. If the lei is connected it is traditionally considered an omen of bad luck.
* The traditional and proper way to wear a lei is not like wearing a necklace.
The proper way to wear a lei is making sure that the garland drapes along both your neck and down your back.
* Never remove your lei in front of the person who gave it to you.
It is considered rude and inconsiderate. Wait until you can do it alone discreetly.
The Hawaiian Traditional Lei Greeting is an age old Tahitian custom dating back to when the legendary lands were first discovered by Polynesian voyagers who sailed the ocean in twin-hulled canoe’s.
The garlands are not only made of beautiful flowers but the lei is also made of leaves, shells, seeds, feathers, and nuts.
Have you ever wondered what to do with your lei at the end of your vacation?
Answer: you give it back to the earth.
A lei is never trashed. It is a symbolic gift of welcome, love, and aloha. There are several different ways to give the lei back. One way is to leave it somewhere that is filled with meaning and importance to you. Another traditional way is to wait until your vacation is coming to a close, and take it to the ocean and throw it in.
10 Facts about Hawaii #2
Night Marchers aka huaka’i pō or “Spirit Ranks,” ‘oi’o
They say the Night Marching Spirits of Hawaii are restless roaming warriors, the souls of ancient Hawaiian men replaying their troops defeat of trying to reclaim their territory.
There is a legendary tale of real live ghosts in Hawaii. Almost everyone that lives, or has lived on the islands agree to their existence. Most locals when asked, will stare you straight in the eyes and begin telling their personal up close and personal encounter(s).
The Hawaiian apparitions are recognized by the the sound of distant drums and chanting.
If you ever witness a Night March in progress, never disturb it! Make sure you turn away and never look at them. Whatever you do, do not call attention to yourself in any way. You do not want to meet the eyes of one of these warriors, the consequences are said to be very bad.
10 Facts about Hawaii #3
The Menehune of Hawaii aka Hawaii’s Legendary Leprechauns
The Menehune will play harmless little tricks on you.
The Menehune are “little people” of Hawaiian legend. They are said to of arrived on the islands long ago.
The Menehune of Hawaii are mischievous little people that sometimes hide your belongings. When you find them, they will be in odd or funny places. They are altogether good and friendly. The Menehune people are hardly ever seen but locals will recount many stories and local lore about how smart and crafty they are and also how they enjoy bananas & fish.
10 Facts about Hawaii #5
Living and giving the “Aloha Spirit” is an actual Hawaiian Statewide Law.
The Aloha Spirit is an understanding of mind, body, soul, and emotion. Not only is it an understanding of life but The Aloha Spirit is a way to live and let be. It is the essence of love and compassion. The Aloha Spirit is wisdom in it’s purest form. Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
A – Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
L – Lôkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
O – `Olu`olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
H – Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
A – Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
10 Facts about Hawaii #6
There are no Seagulls and there are no Pelicans in Hawaii.
Unlike California, Florida and most other coastal vacation spots in the US, there are absolutely no pesky seagulls and no pelicans on any of the Hawaiian islands.
10 Facts about Hawaii #7
The Humpback Whales do not eat while here.
Thousands of Humpback whales migrate back and forth from Alaska to Hawaii each and every year. The whales spend the entire winter in breeding and giving birth in the warm Hawaiian waters. The whales leave at the end of winter and return back to Alaska so they can eat and get ready to return back again the following year.
10 Facts about Hawaii #9
How the “Aloha Shirt” became an iconic piece of clothing.
They say in the 1850’s when the first indentured servants arrived on the islands from around the world, (China, Puerto Rico, Korea, Philippines, and Portugal) they were given white plain cloth shirts as their clothing. The people of these countries each came from vibrant cultures that had their own unique fashions they missed from home. It is said that they decided to paint their shirts in order to reflect their cultures and heritage. As time went by the Aloha Hawaiian shirt was born and transformed into the signature Hawaiian article of clothing it is today.
10 Facts about Hawaii #10.
Surfing is nothing new to Hawaii.
Surfing and wave riding dates as far back as to when time began. The Hawaiians perfected the art of riding waves long ago. To the Hawaiians, “he’enaluis.” aka Surfing is absolutely nothing new. Long before the surfboards you see today were even a thought, the Polynesians had already perfected the art and established surfboards out of wood. Surfing was a deep-rooted and part of all Hawaiian culture. Hawaiian Chief’s called, “Al’ii” were given sole authority to use the BEST of all trees to build their boards. They had full authority over the best beaches and prime surfing locations. All other people were forbidden to surf in their territory or step foot on their beaches. However, the rest of the people could try to gain respect and prestige by their skill and how well they could ride the waves.