Total Number of Delegates: 29 Pledged: 20 Unpledged: 9
How to Recognize a Hawaii Delegate: Hawaii has always been considered a paradise on Earth. Not only for its stunningly beautiful landscape, but also for the hospitality of the state's residents. The descendants of the early Hawaiians, who tossed human sacrifices into the mouths of molten volcanos, are now believed to be employees of global hotel chains, and they deal with tourists in a much more passive (aggressive) manner. The rest of today's Hawaiians are inarguably the kindest and most gentle of all Americans. They are extremely generous and will be the easiest delegates to identify on the streets of Denver. Their crown of taro leaves will mark them at first sight. Their arms will be laden with leis made of flowers interwoven with campaign bumperstickers promising better tomorrows, and each hand will hold a platter of musubi and poi. They are a strong people who strive to live liberally. When they ask for directions to the "pupu line," don't direct them toward the toilets. They are looking for the appetizer buffet, the place where they graciously share the bounty and joy of living in paradise.
Famous Hawaiians: AOL founder Steve Case; musicians Jack Johnson, Bette Midler and Don Ho; golfers Michelle Wie and Dean Wilson; triathlete Monique "Pua" Sawicki, dead professional wrestler Brian Wilson, actors Nicole Kidman, Beverly Hillbillies banker Raymond (Milburn Drysdale) Bailey and Kelly (Mrs. John Travolta) Preston.
Famous Hawaii Democrats: 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama; U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye; state senator Rod "Free Plate Lunch and a Nap" Tam
Famous Hawaiians With Denver Connections: 8 Island Hawaiian BBQ owner Michael Iuchi; nurse practitioner and haiku poet Soda Sonoda; Rocky Mountain Hula School instructors Pana Puanani and Kawena Pua'aala.
State Nickname: The Aloha State (official); The Abandoned Car State (unofficial) Population: 1,285,498 Racial Distribution: 27% White, 2% black, 42% Asian, 9% Native Hawaiian, 8% Hispanic, 12% Undecided Per Capita Personal Income: $30,993 Unemployment: 4.3%
Recommendations For The Hawaii Delegation
Most Hawaiian Denver Neighborhood: Ruby Hill
Most Hawaiian Bar: American Legion Nisei Post Number 185 1947 Lawrence Street Since a quarter of Hawaii's residents are of Japanese ancestry, it is only fitting to invite them to enjoy themselves in the Denver bar with the most extensive selection of sake and the widest variety of sake-based cocktails.
Most Hawaiian Restaurant: L & L Hawaiian Barbecue 14221 East Cedar Avenue Aurora, Colorado This is the Big Island franchise that will satisfy Hawaiian cravings for chicken katsu and musubi (Spam hand rolls).
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View larger image. Best Day Trip: Longmont The Civil War was very good for Hawaii. Southern sugar was no longer available to satisfy America's sweet tooth, and the incredible demand created the Hawaiian sugar industry. Profits remained high for one hundred years, and virtually all of the roads, railroads and ports were built by the state's leading industry. Land, labor and water costs are now so high that Hawaii's agrarian economy has changed into a tourism and service economy. The sugarcane fields are being developed into strip malls and condos. Just like Colorado. Hawaiian delegates will feel right at home in Longmont, just 37 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. The town is built around the site of the (now abandoned) Great Western sugar-beet refinery, and both are surrounded by the rolling farmlands that sit in the shadow of the 14,255-foot granite mass of Longs Peak. The landscape and agricultural history of Hawaii's coastal plain has the look and feel of Colorado's rural front range. (See them quick before they're both covered with Wal-Marts.) A visit to the Longmont Museum, at 400 Quail Road, will provide further information on the short, sweet life of Colorado's own sugar history.