Hawaii 2 Is An Island In Maine And You’ll Never Guess Who Owns It
I was mindlessly scrolling through Reddit the other day, and came across a factoid that I never knew. And you know, I've lived in Maine all my life, and somehow managed to miss this. But, did you know that there's an island in here Maine called Hawaii 2?
And even better....the owner?
Back a couple of years ago, they had a crazy idea to buy an island, based on an amount of money they raised from the sales of a certain set of cards. When they exceeded their profit expectations, they looked into a way to do something charitable with the money, but also something totally weird and fun. In a series of ads they released, they listed all the things they could do with the leftover money. And jokingly, one of the ideas was that they could buy an island.
Their website described it like this:
If someone else bought the island, they’d build a summer home or a condo or a TGI Friday’s™. This way, the land will be kept as a pristine piece of wilderness.
This then snowballed into an actual conversation with the folks from CBRE real estate, who thought it might be fun to be involved with. So basically, what started out as probably a joke around the office, turned right into the creation of Maine's oddly named pieces of publicly used land. This section of their website has a much more in-depth description of how it all came to be.
Located on St. George Lake in Liberty, folks are welcome to use the island at any time. There are some basic rules, which you'd likely find on any piece of public land. Such as:
Litter. Hunt. Build a campfire. Build anything. Bury anything. Cut, mar, or damage nature. Leave your flag behind. Leave pet waste.
And here are the things you are totally welcome to do while you're there:
Hike. Swim. Leaf-peep. Birdwatch. Think about dad. Squirrelwatch. Take photos. Propose to lover. Have an agonizing moment of self-reflection. Look at your phone the whole time.
They also licensed out sqaure foot portions of the land, and sent folks flags for Hawaii 2. And, they're pretty cool! check it out!
I'd say it actually represents Maine pretty well! Ocean stuff, lobster, snow man. the palm trees seem out of place, but hey....it is called Hawaii 2.
So now, next time you drag out your Cards Against Humanity box, you can chuckle knowing that they know all about the great little state we live in, up here in the arm pit of the U.S., where there's always a little piece of Pacific Paradise.