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Vegas Becomes 9th Hawaiian Island

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 22nd November 2004 12:22am
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LAS VEGAS - In Hawaii, ABC stores are ubiquitous, catering to tourists from what seems like every corner in paradise.

But away from the islands in the mainland United States, the only ABC stores to be found are located in Nevada's city of sin and glitter. It's no coincidence.

Company chief Paul Kosasa said he put three of his stores with the distinctive blue and white alphabet logos in Las Vegas, in part, because so many people from Hawaii are attracted to the desert city referred to by many as the "ninth island."

More people from Hawaii moved to Nevada from 1995 to 2000 than the combined populations of the islands of Lanai and Molokai, and the equivalent of half the Hawaiian population travels every year to and from Las Vegas.

Coming to Las Vegas "can be like a reunion," Kosasa said. "You see people you haven't seen in a long time."

Indeed, when 200 transplants from Maui, Lanai and Molokai gather every two years from their adopted homes in California, Washington, Oregon and Minnesota, they rendezvous at an aging downtown Las Vegas hotel.

"Hawaii people are natural gamblers," said Ted Kamada, a retired former Los Angeles schoolteacher and reunion organizer who graduated from high school in Maui in 1950. "Las Vegas is a natural thing for them."

[ And The California downtown is where they all throw it down. Mahalo. - Ed ]



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