More Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are living on the mainland and finding ways to keep their culture alive
By Jayna Omaye email@example.com
Sept. 5, 2021
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COURTESY JOCELYN LII
Jocelyn Lii, right, moved to Las Vegas from Waialua in 2006. Lii also convinced her mom, sister and dad to move to Las Vegas. Pictured with Lii, from left, is her husband, Danten Range; children Kealohilani, 10, and Kamaile, 9; and father Josiah.
COURTESY LILA YAMAGUCHI
Lila Yamaguchi, left, and her husband, Jeff, moved with their two children, Micah, 23, and Lehua, 21, from Pupukea to Tennessee in 2007. Yamaguchi also convinced her mom, who was facing foreclosure in Hawaii, to move to Tennessee in 2018.
COURTESY ALYSA ANDRADE
Alysa Andrade, left, was 7 when her parents moved their family from Kapahulu to Las Vegas in 1992. Now, she and her fiance, Shawn Santana, right, have decided to remain in Las Vegas to raise their family. From left are Andrade, Makena, 1, Kawena, 13, Katinia, 12, Ahi, 4, and Santana.