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Hawaiian festival host thousands to history, food and music

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Thousands of people flooded the streets in Henderson over the weekend for the annual Hawaiian Festival. As the Hawaiian community continues to grow in the valley, it's no surprise that people jumped at the opportunity to watch some hula dancers, eat some great food and listen to some good music.

"It's the music. It's so laid back. It's calming,” Jeremy Stanwix, Enjoying Hawaiian Music said.

"You've probably only heard of Spam, but they have Mahi Mahi musubi, they have crab musubo,” aid Wally Tavares, Hawaiian Food Connoisseur.

This year's festival was also health conscious. Besides all of the fun, it also offered health screenings and a blood drive.

The theme was cowboys; and it wasn't because of the deeply rooted cowboy culture in Nevada. Cowboys and other experts were on hand explaining the long history of cowboys and cattle wranglers in Hawaii:

"The story with the Hawaiian Cowboy started back actually with Kamehameha and in it, when the first discovery, we had cook come over. Well, Vancover was the second person to go to Hawaii. He brought a gift of five cattle, straight from Spain from San Francisco over to Hawaii,” Tieri Pa'ahana Bissen,” Hawaiian Civic Club said.

As of 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that some 16-thousand Pacific Islanders lived in Southern Nevada.


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