Pacific paradise? Nearly nine million tourists visited Hawaii last year, and most of them came for the eternal cliché of sun, sea and palm trees. But that image is out of sync with the way many Hawaiians feel about their home state.
Hawaii is a place almost everyone has imagined, and the portrait we paint in our minds is nearly always the same: hula girls, floral wreaths and bronzed surfer dudes, accompanied by the roar of the ocean and perfect blue-green waves. Oh, and someone plucking a ukulele. It’s all about aloha, right?