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American Aloha: Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition

Heather A. Diamond


At the 1989 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (SFF), throngs of visitors gathered on the National Mall to celebrate Hawaiʻi's multicultural heritage through its traditional arts. The “edu-tainment” spectacle revealed a richly complex Hawaiʻi that few tourists ever see and one never before or since replicated in a national space. The program was restaged a year later in Honolulu for a local audience and subsequently inspired several spin-offs in Hawaiʻi. In both Washington, D.C., and Honolulu, the program instigated a new paradigm for cultural representation. This book uncovers the behind-the-scene ... More

Keywords: multiculturalism, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, multicultural heritage, Hawaiʻi, traditional arts, cultural representation, cultural diversity, cultural tourism, culture bearers, Hawaiʻi program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831714
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather A. Diamond, author
'Iolani Palace