The Hawaiian islands are beautiful with gorgeous beaches and tropical plants, fruits, flowers and trees. But even more beautiful is the symbolic greeting of ‘aloha’. In American parlance, it’s thought of simply as a greeting or welcoming as well as a farewell. But ‘aloha’ has a much more gracious and healing message that comes from the spirit of the Hawaiian people. ‘Aloha‘ is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy. The first expression of ‘aloha’ is between a parent and a child. It also means ‘to be in the presence of the divine breath of life.’ Hawaii has been called a paradise and the islands live up to that name in many, many ways.

Here’s a mesmerizing 6-minute video about Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Here’s a beautiful 14-minute video mostly of Kauai. Here’s a 5-minute Expedia video about Hawaii’s Big Island.

FunFacts about Hawaii: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Hawaiian Islands is an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from the island of Hawaii in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll. Formerly the group was known to Europeans and Americans as the Sandwich Islands, a name chosen by James Cook in honor of the then First Lord of the Admiralty John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The contemporary name is derived from the name of the largest island, Hawaii Island. (Source)
  • Hawaii has 8 main islands and became the 50th U.S.  state in 1959.
  • Each Island has a different flower and color to represent it, quote:
    • Niihau – Pupu Shell – White
    • Kauai – Mokihana (Green Berry) – Purple
    • Oahu – Ilima -Yellow
    • Maui – Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose) – Pink
    • Molokai – White Kukui Blossom – Green
    • Lanai – Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant) – Orange
    • Kahoolawe – Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope) – Grey
    • Big Island of Hawaii – Lehua Ohia – Red (Source)
  • The Hawaiian Islands are part of a huge, undersea mountain range called the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. This is essentially a hotspot in the earth’s mantle.
  • The Hawaiian Islands are 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent.
  • The state of Hawaii has 137 islands, 8 are the main islands, the rest are minor islands and islets.
  • The age of the islands ranges from the Big Island at 400,000 years old to the Kure Atoll in the north which is 28 million years old.
  • About the volcanic activity on Hawaii, quote: Hawaii island (the Big Island) is the biggest and youngest island in the chain, built from five volcanoes. Mauna Loa, taking up over half of the Big Island, is the largest shield volcano on the Earth. (Source)
  • Hawaii experiences frequent earthquakes and less frequent tsunamis.
  • Hawaii has a tropical climate but has a range depending on altitude.
  • Hawaii has its own time zone: Hawaiian Standard Time.
  • Oahu draws the most tourists of all the islands.
  • Niihau has only 130 residents, no paved roads and no automobiles.
  • Most of the world supply of macadamia nuts comes from the Big Island.

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31 thoughts on “Hawaii

  1. I’ve traveled to Hawaii many times, mostly staying in Honolulu. The beaches are beautiful, and the shave ice is delicious!

  2. We lived on
    the big island for ten years! This time of year i really miss it. We’re back in Seattle wa. ,we get about the same amount of rain, but least there you some sun and blue skies! Loved the pictures!

  3. I have never been to Hawaii but enjoy watching shows about this beautiful state of ours. There is such a diversity to this land with mountains and beaches, farms and volcanoes.

  4. Beautiful pictures. I enjoyed the videos – the volcano video – I hate to say but some of it was beautiful the way the lava looking flowing in the night. Would love to visit Hawaii one day.

  5. I have been to Hawaii a few times. My husband lived there when his father was stationed there. For me I love Kauai. It is so beautiful. Picking a favorite picture would not ddo the others justice. I loved them all.

  6. I would love to go to Hawaii . Beautiful photos & I have to agree with Sheryl. Even though it is so destructive the volcano at night has a certain beauty. I feel for the people who have been affected recently . I’m sure their view is different. Mother nature can be destructive & beautiful at the same time.

  7. Although I have always had a bit of a fascination with Hawaii, I have never been. All of my touring of that beautiful state has been done on TV with such shows as Hawaiian Eye with Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens, (Yes, I am that old.) the first Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord and James MacArthur, (The newer one isn’t bad either.) and of course, Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck. *sigh* Some very fine scenery no matter how one looked at them. 😀 Let’s not forget the Elvis movies – Blue Hawaii, Paradise Hawaiian Style, and Waikiki Wedding. (Yes, I was also an Elvis fan.) All of these shows showed us some of the amazing scenery like that in the above pictures and videos. Maybe this is where my love of armchair touring started. Not being a fan of crowds and the tourist scene, seeing Hawaii this way is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Each of the islands are different and beautiful. And it is part of the United States which is a great thing. You bring such different subject to us every blog. Thank you

  9. Beautiful pictures. I have only seen Hawaii through pictures and TV Shows especially Hawaii Five O that’s on now. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii – it’s such a beautiful place. AZ

  10. We were lucky enough to tour Hawaii and all its Islands.

    I loved Maui so much that if I didn’t have my beloved cat waiting for me at home I never would have left.

    Every island was gorgeous in its own way.

  11. Although I’ve only been to Oahu and the Big Island, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Hawaii’s spirit of Aloha. The people I met were welcoming and the islands were striking. There’s a feeling in the air that’s just indescribable. I can’t wait to go back!

  12. I love Hawaii! Such a beautiful place to visit! I’ve been several times and each time I discover something new. And thanks for lots of interesting facts that I didn’t know!

  13. We honeymooned in Hawai’i and stayed on Oahu (Waikiki) and on the Big Island, Hawai’i near Kona. We spent more time on the Big Island. We did touristy stuff, but we explored, too. I was gorgeous.

    denise from maryland

  14. Mahalo for everything you told us about Hawaii I tried to grow Plumeria and thought they were doing well when one day they just croaked – I will have to see if I can get more of the cuttings to try again in my new condo

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