Niihau, the 7th largest island of Hawaii is completely privately owned by one family who seeks to maintain it as it was purchased in 1864 for $10,000 in gold, including the native population.
Passengers leaving Hawaii on Alaska Airlines can travel with one “properly packaged” box of pineapples as checked baggage for free.
Hawaii once attempted to combat homelessness by providing one way tickets back to the mainland for any homeless person who wanted one.
When musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole passed in 1997, he was the first and only citizen to receive the honor of having the Hawaii state flag flown at half-staff. His coffin was allowed to “lay in state” in the capitol building. Since then, in 2003 a bronze bust of Brother Iz was erected on O’ahu.
The Kingdom of Hawaii declared itself neutral during the American Civil War. Despite that decree, many native Hawaiians enlisted anyway.
During the Makahiki festival in Hawaii, the chief would go off shore in a canoe. When he came back warriors threw spears at him and he had to deflect them to prove his worthiness to rule.
A Japanese pilot waged a one-man war against the inhabitants of a Hawaiian island he crash landed on during Pearl Harbour. He was assisted by three Japanese locals. This incident ultimately contributed to the decision to intern Japanese-Americans during the war.
The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii.