This place holds many fascinations other than the language. Regardless of what Congressman Johnson thinks, islands don't float, but are the clumps of land that are above sea level. The Hawaiian islands are tops of a huge volcanic mountain chain. The largest of these is Mauna Loa which, if measured from its base at ocean floor, is larger than Everest. Both of Hawaii's active volcanoes are on Hawai'i, aka the Big Island, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The Big Island is basically five volcanoes that are so close together that they form an island, half of the island is covered by Mauna Loa. The planet Earth has 13 climate zones, all but two of them (arctic and sahara) are on the Big Island and yet the difference between the average temperature between winter and summer is four to eight degrees. The hottest temperature ever recorded on this island is 97 (F). Even my home state of Vermont gets hotter than that sometimes.
Pu`u `O`o vent that has been erupting continually since January 3rd, 1983. In that time, it has claimed 189 buildings (100 private homes), almost 9 miles of highway and not a single life. Lava moves so slowly, people have plenty of time to get out of the way. Below you will see a highway that is mostly covered by a lava field (now cooled and hardened into volcanic rock).
One square mile of land (640 acres) is created every 20 years on Hawai'i due to hot lava reaching the ocean. It took two years for the lava to eventually reach the coast line. Here is a picture I took of a newest land on Earth being created:
While most islands are losing acreage due to global climate change, Hawai'i is growing. I am glad to hear this because I love it here.