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ABOUT HAWAII - CULTURAL HISTORY
The Hawaiian Islands are stepping-stones linking East to West. Here Polynesian sensuality, American pragmatism, and Oriental exoticism weave a tapestry of cultural extremes.
Hawaii's multi-cultural society has had major immigration from:
Polynesia - 700 A.D.
United States - 1820
China - 1852
Japan - 1868
Portugal - 1878
Puerto Rico - 1900
Korea - 1903
Philippines - 1906
ABOUT HAWAII - ECONOMYHealthy In 2009! Key indicators are positive for continuing growth in the second half of this decade. However, Hawaii's cost of living is among the highest in the nation and its 2008 per capita personal income below average. In fact, sources indicate a cost of living ranging from 30% above the national average to over 60% depending upon family size and circumstances - see the Price of Paradise! 2005 Visitor Arrivals totaled 7.4 million (a record) 2005 Gross State Product was $54 billion
Major contributions to Hawaii's economy include:
Visitor Expenditures: $12.7 billion (2007) - an all-time high *
Federal Defense Spending: $4.7 billion (2007)
Construction (Private Building Permits): $3.0 billion (2009)
* Visitor Expenditure figures are deceptive, since a certain percentage of tourism dollars do not remain in the Hawaiian Islands, but are returned to overseas investors.
With the demise of its sugar and pineapple industries in the 1990's, Hawaii is working to diversify its economy with a focus on industries such as science and technology, health and wellness tourism, diversified agriculture, ocean research and development, and film and television production. A Study currently being conducted by the State is looking at the extent to which the benefits from tourism can be maintained, while sustaining the quality of our social, economic and environmental assets.
ABOUT HAWAII - POPULATION
The Hawaiian Islands have
attracted human migrants in waves, first the Polynesians, then the
whalers, the sandalwood merchants, the missionaries, the sugar planters
and ranchers, the multi-ethnic traders and laborers, and finally the
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