Hawaii is probably one of the best places to travel on vacation. Who wouldn’t want to vacation in a tropical state full of beaches? There’s so much more to Hawaii that a lot of people don’t know yet though.
Clearly Hawaii isn’t actually connected to North America, it’s located in the Pacific Ocean and it is approximately 2,400 miles southwest of The United States. Hawaii is the world’s largest chain of islands that extend 1,523 miles long, covering 6,459 square miles of land. There are eight main islands, middle islands (which consist of mostly rock), and smaller islands in the northwest (which are made of sand and coral). If you were to combine these islands, total there would 132 of them. The main lands include Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau.
Some of the mainland islands were formed by volcanoes, which are still active today. The coastlines of these islands are pretty much tall cliffs that rise right above the ocean. Some islands also have lava made of large rocks that come up from the ocean along the shore. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the white sandy beaches that Hawaii has to offer, but islands in this region have a few beaches that are covered with black sand. This black sand is formed when the ocean and molten lava come together. Not only are beaches located in Hawaii, but mountains and canyons, plateaus and even fertile plains cover a variety of these islands. Hawaii also consists of lakes and rivers, the most major ones are Wailuku River, Anahulu River and Salt Lake.
I’m sure you think Hawaii also has some of the best temperatures year round, which is does! Hawaii’s average temperature usually ranges anywhere from 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit to 87.1 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii was 100 degrees, while the lowest recorded was 12 degrees. The average annual rainfall varies depending on the island. Precipitation can range anywhere from 10 to 400 inches.
The good thing is that if we want to go to a tropical paradise for vacation, you can head to Hawaii! Hawaii is obviously a good time to travel at any given time of the year, it offers a few different types of physical geography and there are many islands connected/are part of Hawaii. Despite how small you think Hawaii might be, it’s truly a paradise and should be a place you consider visiting sometime soon.
Derrick, John. “Hawaii Geography and Geology.” Guide of Hawaii (2015): 0-1. Website.