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Justin Bieber, Ironman, Hawaii Five-O and the New Hawaii

October 11, 2010

From pop-star Justin Bieber’s Hawaii concert this past Saturday in Honolulu, to the Ford Ironman World Championship on the Big Island, to the very popular reinvention of the Hawaii Five-O television series, to the upcoming 2011 APEC meeting of world leaders in Hawaii, these isolated islands are gaining more and more of the world’s attention. In addition, millions of visitors from all part of the globe travel every year to Hawaii and many more millions long to visit “Paradise”.

What a huge change!

Just a few generations ago, no one outside of Hawaii knew of these Island’s existence. The Maori of New Zealand had centuries-old stories and legends of a their place of origin said to be Hawaii…but where these islands were remained a mystery. The Hawaiian people before about 1780 were a stone age society. They had long given up their voyaging explorations that had brought them to these islands nearly a 1,000 years prior. With the arrival of Captain Cook in the late 1700’s, Hawaii was finally put on “the map”.

 

Just one of the many teams from around the world that are in Hawaii today for the Ford Ironman World Championship!

 

For the next century, visitors from around the world traveled to Hawaii…for business, for pleasure, for health and for the simple experience of exploring this exotic place. From 1900 to today, the rapid revolution in transportation from slow steamers to jet aircraft has made it possible for people from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas to travel to Hawaii in less than 24 hours (compare this with the years-long journey of Hawaii’s first foreign visitors!).

So as you watch the Ford Ironman World Championship today or attend the Justin Bieber concert or sit down this week to watch Hawaii Five-O, just remember the fact that Hawaii was once lost to the world and now millions of people around the world can experience this Paradise! Aloha!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2010 12:07 pm

    Enjoying your Ironman posts on Twitter! 🙂

    • Pacific Island Ranger permalink*
      October 9, 2010 12:09 pm

      Thanks! We haven’t had a single visitor all day…so I have plenty of time to “monitor” all the Ironman action! Aloha and enjoy the race!

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