Ah, the Great British Summertime – it really keeps you on your toes, doesn’t it? In one week, we’ve gone from sweating it out in temperatures hotter than the Bahamas, to battling with our brollies on the way to work as storms and torrential rain hit the shores.
Yes, summer on the British Isles is about as predictable as a London bus – you just never know when it’s coming (which of course explains why Brits don flip flops and shorts and sunbathe like rotisserie chickens at the first glimpse of a sunray).
But, while we all appreciate a bit of variation, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the perfect, warm temperature all summer long – preferably with a cool sea breeze and a Mai Tai in hand?
If you’re dreaming of sunnier shores, miles away from the clammy tube rides and sleepless nights of the city, there’s an island on the other side of the pond, full of endless stretches of white sand and crystalline blue sea, where you’ll find rest, relaxation and possibly even some inner-peace: Hawaii.
When it comes to the Aloha state, most people tend to think two things, and two things only: grass skirts and Luaus – but a million miles away from the clichés lies a land with an incredibly rich culture and history.
Here are 5 facts you may not have known about the Paradise of the Pacific:
Lost in Translation:
When it comes to the Hawaiian language, less is more. The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 13 letters. Of these, each word – and syllable – ends in one of the five vowels, making for one unique-sounding language!
Former US president Barack Obama calls Hawaii home. He was born on 4th August 1961 on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, and there’s no doubt that the idyllic and multicultural island had a strong influence on the ex-president. Speaking about her husband, Michelle Obama said: “You can’t really understand Obama until you understand Hawaii.”
Hawaii itself is a volcanic archipelago, and the island is getting bigger (by over 42 acres per year to be precise), due to the fact that the active Kilauea volcano has been erupting for over 30 years. The island is also home to another volcano, Mauna Loa – one of the world’s largest volcanoes.
An Island Steeped in History:
One of Oahu’s most famous attractions is Pearl Harbour, one of the world’s most famous naval base with a rich military history dating back to the 19th century. Today, you can take a tour of the historic battle site and feel the island’s history come to life.
Hawaiian beaches are some of the most exotic – and surprising – in the world, with many featuring not only black and white sand, but yellow, red and even green!
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