UPDATE – THIS RAFFLE HAS ENDED. WINNER IS LISTED BELOW – Keep you eye on my blog, as a new raffle will be starting soon. Mahalo
I am extremely happy to be writing this post as we are leaving two weeks from tomorrow to spent Christmas and New Years in Oahu, Hawaii. We started planning this trip earlier this year, and I can’t believe it is almost time to pack our bags and head to the airport. I am really looking forward to see how they celebrate Christmas Island style. I do know that the local greeting for Christmas is Mele Kalikimaka thanks to Elvis’ Blue Hawaii movie 🙂 My sister and her husband were there last year and I did Top 12 Free Things to do on Oahu – Part 1 and Part 2 to help them find free fun things to do. Thus I have a good idea of what we will see and do. However, I wanted to learn a little bit more about the island and what makes it different from the other islands. I also wanted to let everyone join in the fun of our vacation with another souvenir raffle. I will get into that raffle part a little later. In the meantime, here is some history and trivia about the beautiful and amazing island of Oahu.
- 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.
- Honolulu is the capitol of Hawaii and is about 1,500 miles long. That span is about as far as Los Angeles, California to Denver, Colorado. Pretty cool since we live here in Colorado, but it doesn’t get us any closer, lol.
- Oahu’s highest point is Mt. Ka’ala, in the Waianae Range, rising to 4,003 feet above sea level
- Iolani Palace, located in downtown Honolulu, is the only Royal Palace in the United States. It had electricity 4 years before the White House, Windsor Palace and the Imperial Palace of Japan, had the first telephone system in Honolulu and was the first palace in the world to install flush toilets.
- 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.
- Koko Head crater is the youngest part of Oahu at about 32,000 years old
- Waikiki attracts 72,000 visitors each day. That is 44 percent of all visitors on all of the islands.
- Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the United States. Anchorage, Alaska is the most expensive.
- 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.
- 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.
- Located on the southeastern shore, Sandy Beach Park is one of Oahu’s 125 beaches that is famous for its surf. However due to the shore break it is also known for having more injuries than any other beach in Hawaii. Choose to stay out of the water and watch the pros instead.
- 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.
Now for the fun, how you can get entered to win the free Oahu, HI souvenir. There are three ways to be entered into the raffle. The first way is to sign up to receive emails when I submit a new post (a HUGE thank you to those you are already signed up). I usually post new articles 2 times a week and promise not to flood your email box. For everyone who signs up by Saturday Jan 7th by midnight EST will have their name submitted twice into the raffle. The second way to enter is to simply submit a comment or reply to a comment on this post. Finally you can RT my Tweets on Twitter for an entry. That’s it. Everyone who does this, will have their name submitted once into the raffle.. Some suggestions for comments would be:
- Sharing memories from on your trip to Oahu.
- What you would like to see in Oahu.
- Suggestions on places to see and things to do in the area would also be nice to read.
- If you haven’t been there but want me to check out something for you, please post those comments as well.
Good luck and I look forward to reading y our comments and suggestions. Mahalo (Thank you) 🙂 I will definitely be a different type of Christmas, but look forward to our adventure and all the treasured memories I will be sharing on my blog upon our return. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Desiree Ponte!!!! Congratulations Desiree, you are the winner of the 2017 Oahu calendar below. I will reach out to you via Facebook to see about getting you your prize. Thanks for playing everyone. Keep your eyes on my post, as I will be having a new raffle coming soon! Congratulations again Desiree!
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