Exploring Hawai’i through photographs

This series of photographs follows our exploratory journey to the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i to visit museums and historical and cultural authorities, to speak with kumu hulas and ‘olapas in both traditional shows and entertainment shows, and to interact with locals, both native Hawaiians and non-native residents. We wanted to capture images of the shifting values of the living culture in the contemporary manifestation of its eclectic traditions, the juxtaposition of the living culture with what is displayed as Hawaiian culture in the tourism industry, the changing landscapes in relation to tourism and development and in the quest for modernization (often westernization), and the modern culture that has emerged with the more recent transplants to these Pacific islands that so many travelers have come to call home.

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