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How Las Vegas Became the 9th Island: Hawaiians and The California Hotel

Did you know that as many as 40 high school class reunions for Hawaiian high schools are kept in Las Vegas each year? Or that in Hawai’i you can acquire specialized greeting cards just for celebrating approaching journeys to Las Vegas?

About 1 in 10 residents of Hawai’i check out Las Vegas each year, with many going to 2 or three times each year. And when they pertain to the city that has ended up being passionately known as “the ninth island,” they overwhelmingly opt to stay and dip into The California Hotel, a Boyd Video gaming Corp. property near Fremont Street.

Initially opened in 1975 to target the Southern California market, “The Cal,” boasts outside murals commemorating the 1849 gold rush, the building of the Transcontinental Railway, and the natural charm of the Sierra Mountains’ foothills. The interior, however, reflects its 40-year history of improvement into a Hawaiian house far from house, with island-themed decoration, banquet rooms identified in the Hawaiian language, and numerous eateries offering Hawaiian favorites.


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