While it’s common knowledge that Hawaiin pizza as we know hardly hails from the 50th state, there are a number of other things that are worth knowing about this beautiful island destination.
Keeping this in mind, here are 5 facts about Hawaii that you probably didn’t know:
#1: Oahu Island has its own interstate highways
Even if the Oahu island doesn’t have an interstate highway in the actual sense of the word (but definitely in quality), they still have 3 of them that are designated with an ‘H’ instead of the usual ‘I’.
#2: Two of the eight main islands are closed to visitors
There are two islands Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe that is closed off to visitors. The latter is uninhabited and was used as a bombing range during World War II. Only Navy personnel is given access to the former while also enjoying the moniker, “The Forbidden Island”.
#3: Apollo astronauts trained for the moon landing in Hawaii
Located in Mauna Kea, which is the world’s tallest mountain, is terrain that is said to be similar to that of the moon. Since the Apollo astronauts trained for their expedition here, one part has been given the name ‘Apollo Valley’.
#4: The Ni’ihau incident
Right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese pilot crashed on the island of Ni’ihau and was captured by locals. With the help of others who were also of Japanese descent, he then escaped and took a number of people hostage before being killed.
#5: There are no snakes in Hawaii
Unless visitors bring these nasty creatures to these islands, you won’t find any there since they are most probably suited to the region and its weather.