Five Facts about Hawa'ii

1. The length of the Hawaiian Ridge, from the Big Island northwest to Midway Island, is over 1,500 miles. That's about the distance from Miami, Florida to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2. A new island has begun to form about 15 miles off the southeast coast of the Big Island. In another thirty or forty thousand years, a new island will exist where the Big Island of Hawaii currently rests.

3. The Big Island was formed by five volcanoes: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. The later two are still active. Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, and was active in bursts before that. Hawaii's Big Island grows by over 42 acres per year.

4. The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated, inhabited pieces of land in the world. Hawai'i is the only state that grows coffee. It also has no billboards, no rabies, no snakes, and no seagulls. It has it's own time zone. About 200 of the 680 types of fish in Hawaiian waters can be found nowhere else in the world. It is the largest consumer of Spam in the United States.

5. There are 132 islands that make up Hawaii, including the eight main ones.

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