Something amazing happened on Inauguration Day. I learned that President Obama graduated from his Hawaiian high school the same year I was born in Hawaii. More impressive still, I was born in the hospital right down the street from his high school. Does this mean our entire lives have been, and continue to be, inextricably connected? Yes.
In light of this new knowledge, and in support of a much talked about but little known state, I present to you a few interesting facts about the great state of Hawaii (or Hawai’i, if you don’t love imperialism). From a couple of Native Hawaiians, President Obama and myself, here is Hawaii:
The islands of Hawaii, when superimposed on a map of the continent and rearranged, will cover up most of the red states.
Many of Hawaii’s exotic native creatures have been killed off to make room for rabbits. Something similar happened in New Zealand. The moa, a large flightless bird, was forced to march into “Reservations” in the nonessential portions of the county. Those “Reservations” were also known as the Pacific Ocean. Moas, unable to evolve quickly enough to breathe underwater, died. Richard Owen, who studied the moa, also had nothing to do with Hawaii.
Isla Nublar is actually Hawaii. Steven Spielberg did location shooting for the Greatest Film of All Time, Jurassic Park, there. Not many people know that Spielberg originally wanted to use Muppets to play the dinosaur roles in Jurassic Park. Calamity ensued when Big Bird refused to eat the lawyer and Bert, Ernie and Kermit did not make realistic velociraptors. (“Hiyo, I’m Kermit the Velociraptor!”) Production was shut down until Spielberg figured out machines could do the jobs of Muppets. This led to Jurassic Park‘s pioneering use of computer generated dinosaurs and also to The Great Muppet Depression.
Pictures of Hawaii account for 95% of all computer wallpapers.
President Obama and I encourage all of you to explore the island nation/island state. Hawaii offers much to history buffs, famous movie directors, and people who like rabbits. It may never be Vacationland (that’s Maine), but Hawaii has a special place in the history of the United States, and a very special place in my personal history.