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Artistry Honolulu

Hawaii’s geographic isolation, unique volcanic topography, complex colonial past, and vibrant ethnic mix keep it at a certain distance from the broader American historical experience. Ever since joining the union in 1959, Hawaii has maintained its distinct sense of identity, even while many of its citizens have built powerful business, political, personal, and cultural ties to the mainland. Bonded by pride and a need for shared spaces that remind them of home, Hawaii folk tend to seek each other out …

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