Listed below are 15 Oahu Fun Facts:
1) Oahu is 44 miles long, 30 miles wide, 112 miles around and is the third-largest island in the Hawaiian chain of 132 islets, atolls and reefs stretching from kure atoll in the northwest to the big island of Hawaii in the southeast.
2) Honolulu is the largest city in the world. That is because Hawaii’s State Constitution states that any island not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes the entire island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, plus all the other small, uninhabited islands, islets and atolls part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long. It would span from Los Angeles, California to Denver, Colorado. How many people know that Oahu fun fact?
3) Iolani Palace, located in downtown Honolulu, is the only Royal Palace in the United States.
4) Iolani Palace had electricity 4 years before the White House, Windsor Palace and the Imperial Palace of Japan. It had the first telephone system in Honolulu and was the first palace in the world to install flush toilets. It also had copper lined bathtubs built to accommodate monarchs of Royal proportions; The queens tub is 6.5 feet long and the King’s tub is 7 feet long.
5) Oahu is home to the world’s largest wind generator. The windmill is located on the top of a 20 story tower. It has two blades, each measuring 400 feet in length.
6) Foster Botanical Garden near Iolani Palace was built in 1855, which makes it the oldest garden in Hawaii.
7) Foster Botanical Garden has earned national recognition for it’s Prehistoric Glen. The Glen contains some of the oldest plant forms on Earth. Some of these plants are from the dinosaur age. Each plant is organized and displayed in chronological order.
8) Waikiki attracts 72,000 visitors each day. That is 44 percent of all visitors on all of the islands. How is that for an Oahu fun fact.
9) Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the United States. Anchorage, Alaska is the most expensive.
10) The Hang Loose sign (shaka sign) was made popular on the north shore of Oahu in Laie. It was a unique greeting representing a famous leader Hamana Kalilii a local leader who lost three fingers from his right hand in an industrial accident. When he waved at somebody, it looked like the hang loose sign.
11) Hawaii is the only State in the United States that continually grows larger. This is due to volcanic activity that flows into the ocean and cools and forms new land.
12) In 1884, King Kamehameha V offered to sell a strip of land running from downtown Honolulu to Diamond Head to Eliza Sinclair, a rancher’s widow from New Zealand, for $10,000.00. She looked at the land and turned him down because the land wasn’t fit to raise cattle. This priceless land is now known as Waikiki.
13) Honolulu’s first Public Library containing 130 volumes, opened in 1879. It was hoped that it would become an alternative to the city’s notorious saloons. Women were not allowed inside.
14) Paradise Cove Luau, the largest luau in the State of Hawaii, cooks 127.5 tons of kalua pig each year for it’s nightly luaus.
15) Charlie Chan, the fictional flatfoot hero of six novels and 50 movies was based on Honolulu police detective Chang Apana, a rough, but honest cop with a no nonsense attitude. Earl Derr Biggers found him to be the perfect inspiration for his first book of the series, “House without a key”. He started writing this book in a cottage that was located where the Halekulani Hotel now sits. The Halekulani named it’s cocktail terrace after the book. Now that is a real Oahu fun fact that not too many people know.
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