Las Vegas: The Ninth Island

April 11, 2016

Las Vegas has earned itself the honorary title as the “Ninth Hawaiian Island”. While it may be a mystery to desert dwellers why Hawaiian’s would leave paradise for the desert sand and a pair of rolling dice, we’re thankful for everything they bring with them!

Over 90,000 former Hawaiian residents now call Las Vegas home, bringing their family, aloha spirit, and delicious cuisine. If you’re from Hawaii and missing a taste of home, here are a few amenities that secure Las Vegas as the Ninth Hawaiian Island.

Pure Aloha Festival
Carnival rides, live entertainment, food and retail vendors take over Silverton Casino for the 15th Annual Pure Aloha Festival, from Thursday, April 14- Sunday, April 17. The Pure Aloha concerts will be on Friday and Saturday featuring Fiji, Sammy Jo, Maoli, Ekolu, Micah G, Kapena, Bo Napolean, Pati and the Kapena Kids.  This traditional event is fun for the whole family, a taste of home, or an escape from the surrounding desert even if just for the weekend.  On Saturday, be sure to pop into Silverton Casino for Seasons’ Polynesian Buffet for the perfect evening.

Hawaiian Marketplace
Modeled after the International Marketplace in Honolulu, Hawaii, the outdoor Hawaiian Marketplace brings a taste of island-style shopping to Las Vegas. The 80,000 square-foot marketplace has bright colors, tropical plants, Hawaiian statues and anything else you may think of tucked along the shops. Whether you are there for souvenirs, island comfort food, the perfect ensemble, or even a tattoo, you’re in luck!

Ohana Festival
Springs Preserve hosts its annual Ohana Festival celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Placing the emphasis on Ohana, family, they will feature food, live music, performances by local hula schools, crafts, workshops and much more! There is also plenty to go around for those 21 and older in the family with beer provided by Maui Brewing Co.

Taste of Hawaii
Almost anywhere you go in Las Vegas, you can find some type of island food or nod to the 50th state. From Aloha Kitchen, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, or Makai Pacific Island Grill. Who doesn’t love some musubi or a delicious pineapple treat? These are just a few ways to get in touch with aloha, but there are many other groups, organizations and families ready to embrace those new to the Ninth Island.

Tahiti Village
Enjoy an on-site luau, Polynesian entertainment with audience participation encouraged, paired with island inspired cocktails can take you away to paradise if only for the evening.  They’ll be sure to placea lei around your neck upon entering, so feel free to come as you are.

So set your clocks to island time and take advantage of all the wonders of the Ninth Hawaiian island!


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