1. English and Hawaiian are the official languages of Hawai’i. Before the Christian missionaries arrived in 1820, Hawai’i lacked a written language. Everything was passed down orally from one generation to another through songs, chants, and poems. The missionaries played a vital role in developing the written Hawaiian language, consisting of only 12 letters: the 5 vowels and seven consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, and w). Moreover, the language incorporated the ‘okina symbol, denoted in writing as the grave accent (`) or a left single quotation mark (‘). This symbol, signifying “separation,” represented a glottal stop and was recognized as a consonant.
2. The origins of surfing can be traced back to Polynesia, but its cultivation occurred off the shores of Hawai’i. Surfing has become nearly inseparable from the islands, much like their breathtaking beaches. This widespread appeal can be attributed to figures such as Duke Kahanamoku, affectionately known as the “Father of Surfing”. Duke’s passion for surfing was shared globally, solidifying his position as one of the most renowned surfers in the sport’s chronicles. In tribute to his influence, a special statue in his honor graces Waikiki Beach.
3. Humuhumunukunukāpuaʻa is a state fish. Its name translate to “triggerfish with a snout like a pig,” which is both amusing and charming. This name ranks among the longest words in the Hawaiian language, second only to another fish, the Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi, meaning “long-snouted fish shaped like a wiliwili leaf.”
4. It is considered impolite to decline wearing a lei flower if someone offers it to you. Leis are often used in celebrations, and there are certain etiquette rules associated with them. One such rule is that it is impolite to refuse a lei or remove it in front of the person who gave it to you.
5. The Dole Plantation has the world’s largest pineapple maze. Located in Oahu, the Dole Plantation features a pineapple-shaped maze crafted from 14,000 vibrant Hawaiian plants. This maze, spread over 3 acres, includes a mystery at its center and eight secret stations for those who enjoy a challenge. In 2008, it was officially declared the largest pineapple maze in the world, making it a must-visit attraction for tourist. Visit Dole Plantation with our ‘Nature and You: Waimea Falls Hiking and Swimming‘ tour. We explore the world’s biggest Dole Plantation on the way back to Waikiki after the Waimea Falls hiking and swimming activity! Come check out our website at andyoucreations.com!”