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10 Surprising Facts about Oahu

About 2 year(s) ago by Marina Hawaii Vacations
Most people know Oahu as the home of Duke Kahanamoku, President Obama, Michelle Wie, Jack Johnson, and more. Honolulu, Waikiki, and the North Shore are famous for their vibrant culture and beautiful sites, and Oahu is of course well known as the home of Pearl Harbor.

However, the island has a densely rich history, and continues to grow into one of the most dynamic and interesting places to live and visit. We wanted to share some of our favorite, lesser-known facts about the island that might surprise some readers:


1. Honolulu is not only the capital of Hawaii, but also the largest city in the world. A part of the state’s constitution dictates that any island, islet, or atoll that has not been designated to another county automatically falls under Honolulu’s umbrella.


2. The record low temperature ever recorded in Honolulu was a whopping 52 degrees.


3. The only Royal Palace in the United States, Iolani Palace, is located on Oahu. It had electricity before the White House did, and was the first palace in the world to have flushing toilets.


4. What is now beautiful Waikiki was once a swampy area full of rice paddies, taro fields, and mosquitoes. Once the Ala Wai Canal was constructed in 1928, the marshland was drained.


5. Despite being full of life and tourism, Oahu is actually one of the most remote locations in the world. The Hawaiian Islands as a whole are considered the most remote chain of inhabited islands in the world, with the nearest population center (California) located over 2,000 miles away.


6. While Oahu has many farms full of delicious tropical fruit and lush greenery, the island relies very heavily on imports, even when it comes to produce. Some experts estimate that the islands would be out of luck within a week or two, if for some reason (such as an extreme natural disaster) imports ceased.


7. Daylight savings is not used in Hawaii, so for part of the year Hawaii Standard Time is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time, and the rest of the year, it is three hours behind.


8. One of the most expensive homes for sale in Hawaii is located on Oahu in Kailua, priced at $22.8 million.


9. It is illegal in Honolulu to annoy a bird. On a more normal note, billboards are also outlawed, keeping the scenery natural and the views unobstructed.


10. Oahu hosts more visitors every year than all of the other Hawaiian islands combined, and now you know a few of the fun reasons why. It is no coincidence that “Oahu” means “the gathering place.”


For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com


Susie Bowman

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