The community of Puʻuwai, Hawaii and the entire island it is located on, is off limits to anyone except residents and official visitors. Tourists are not allowed. Tourists aren’t allowed because the entire island is private property. A rich white person bought the whole dang thing 150 years ago.
According to a Hawaiian creation myth, our universe was created from the wreckage of a previous universe, with the only survivors being octopuses.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was worried Japan would invade Hawaii and seize all the U.S. currency there. As a precaution, the U.S. burned $200 million in cash circulating on the islands, and replaced them with freshly printed bills with “Hawaii” stamped on them.
In ancient Hawaii it was forbidden for men to eat with women and women were not allowed to eat certain food. The taboo was broken in 1819 when King Kamehameha II had a dinner party with women. They named this festive dinner a Luau.
During WWII, Hawaii had its own unique US banknotes. In case of Japanese invasion, the US government would have declared the notes worthless to prevent their use by Japanese troops.
Niihau, the seventh largest Hawaiian Island, is privately owned by two brothers who inherited it, their great great grandmother bought it from the Kingdom of Hawai’i for $10,000 in gold in 1864. Reportedly, the US government offered the brothers $1 Billion for the Island and they turned it down.
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.