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Hawaiian Punch

Authors: Ellerslie McCue*, Clemson University
Topics: Pacific Islands, Cultural Ecology, Food Systems
Keywords: Food culture, Hawaii, food identify
Session Type: Paper
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This paper provides an in depth look at Hawaii's identity through food culture by tracing the footsteps of native Hawaiians and immigrants to see the effect of the plantation era and tourism industry. As well as the immigrants' impact on shaping Hawaii's melting pot society seen through their food vs the global commercialized idea of the islands, largely fueled by the tourism industry. This paper explores Hawaii's food identity today and what their food identity means to them vs. the world.

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