Submission Title

Hawaiʻi is NOT your Escapist Fantasy: Varying Perspectives Surrounding Misconceptions and Representations of Hawaiʻi in the Tourism Industry

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Shannon HusseyFollow

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Sociology

Description

Tourism is a dominating industry for Hawaiʻi, in which a falsified and glamorized reality is presented. Hawaiʻi ceases to escape the “brand of paradise” and is often limited to an idealized representation. In this study, varying perspectives from Non-Native and Native Hawaiians are examined to understand how representations of Hawaiʻi are framed and to recognize that Hawaiʻi is more than a vacation spot, it is a home, a people, and a culture.

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Hawaiʻi is NOT your Escapist Fantasy: Varying Perspectives Surrounding Misconceptions and Representations of Hawaiʻi in the Tourism Industry

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Tourism is a dominating industry for Hawaiʻi, in which a falsified and glamorized reality is presented. Hawaiʻi ceases to escape the “brand of paradise” and is often limited to an idealized representation. In this study, varying perspectives from Non-Native and Native Hawaiians are examined to understand how representations of Hawaiʻi are framed and to recognize that Hawaiʻi is more than a vacation spot, it is a home, a people, and a culture.