Guinness World Records in Hawaii

We’re the greatest in the world! Even Guinness says so.

Ukes unite! Local nonprofit Music For Life Foundation vows to break the record for biggest simultaneous ukulele jam.

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Hawaii is record crazy, lately. In the past few months, there have been two separate attempts at breaking a Guinness World Record. In October, more than 1,000 ukulele players, led by Jake Shimabukuru, gathered at the Waikiki Shell to create the world’s largest simultaneous ukulele jam. They didn’t quite make it (the official record is 1547 uke players, in Sweden, of all places), but organizers Music for Life Foundation vowed to give it another shot next year, on April 28.

More successful: Lauren Lubeck Blair and David E. Hough Blair, who married each other for the 100th time on Oct. 2 at the Honolulu Hard Rock Café. The Blairs have been tying the knot, in different locations, since they first got hitched in 1984—Hawaii was the perfect spot for the couple’s big romantic milestone.

Here are a few other records that belong to the Islands:

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Heaviest jackfruit

The record is 76 pounds, 4.4 ounces, measuring 22.625 inches long and 47.75 inches around on Aug. 8, 2003. George and Margaret Schattauer grew the monster fruit in Captain Cook on the Big Island.



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Oldest kinkajou ever in captivity

A moment of silence for Sugar Bear, who was 40 years and 6 months old when he died at Honolulu Zoo in 2003. (Most kinkajous live just 23 years in captivity.)




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Oldest female to complete a marathon

Given her age at the time, 92 years and 19 days, it’s impressive that Gladys Burrill managed to cross the 2010 Honolulu Marathon finish line in just under 10 hours.







Highest cliffs

The world’s highest known sea cliffs are those on the north coast of East Molokai, near Umilehi Point. They descend 3,300 feet to the sea, with an average angle of inclination of more than 55 degrees.



Largest collection of surfboards

Donald Dettloff has created an immense surfboard fence around his Haiku property, using 647 different surfboards, collected over 15 years.