At Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm in Hawaii, home of Hawaii’s Local Buzz, we love the way the volcanic soils and fresh mountain air allow us to grow decadent Hawaiian treats, such as our macadamia nuts and our award-winning Ka’u coffee. Surely, the Big Island is known for its agriculture, but did you know these five other interesting facts about living in Hawaii?
The life expectancy in Hawaii is longer than in the rest of the United States. Residents live for an average of 81.5 years, compared to the national life expectancy of 78.8 years.
Lava flows have added 500 new acres of land to the Big Island since January 2013. Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously for more than 30 years, and enough lava is spewed each day to resurface a 20-mile stretch of road.
It can get pretty chilly up in the mountains. The lowest recorded temperature on any of the Hawaiian islands was measured near the summit of Mauna Kea in 1979. The thermometer plunged to 12 degrees F.
The Big Island features four out of five of the world’s major climate zones. You can travel through all of them in a single day. Though the island is only 4,028 square miles, its diverse terrain leads to these varied micro-climates.
Billboards are illegal in Hawaii. That’s right — you can drive down any road in the state, and you won’t see any large advertisements blocking the beautiful views. Billboards were outlawed in 1927. Hawaii was the first state to take this action, and Alaska, Maine and Vermont followed suit.
Visit our website to learn more about Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm in Hawaii, and don’t forget to sample the unique flavor sensations of the Big Island with some of our delicious treats from Hawaii’s Local Buzz.