As the only island state in America, it’s no surprise that our turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are top notch, but it’s nice to get the recognition. Every year, a professor from Florida International University, nicknamed Dr. Beach, ranks America’s top 10 beaches based on over 50 criteria, including water sand quality, beach safety, environmental management, and no-smoking policies. In the last 25 years, Dr. Beach has selected a Hawaii beach as the top spot 14 times, more than any state, proving that our islands deserve the nickname “Paradise of the Pacific.”
We always knew our society’s ethnic makeup stood apart from mainland America -- just look at our diverse food history and you’ll see proof that we’re a cultural melting pot. A study by Pew Research Center makes things official with scientific numbers and things, revealing we are not only home to the most multiracial residents in America, but more than doubled the diversity percentages of the second- and third-place states.