Hawaii: Surprising Facts About The Aloha State

By Karen Harris
Sunset at Wailea Beach. (M Swiet Productions/Getty Images)

It's Been Around For A While

At 4,000 miles from Japan and almost 2,400 miles from the mainland United States, Hawaii is the most isolated population on Earth, so how did anyone ever find this tropical paradise in the first place? Unfortunately, the exact date of the discovery of Hawaii is unknown, but best estimates place it about around 300 C.E., when explorers from the Marquesas Islands in Polynesia set out on canoes. However, it seems like the long treks out to Hawaii stopped around 1300 C.E.