Why Las Vegas is Called the 9th Hawaiian Island

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Las Vegas – Why It’s Called the 9th Island of Hawaii

As readers of Aloha Hawaiian, you may know that Las Vegas and Hawaii have many similarities. Both cities are extremely popular tourist destinations with a large percentage of their respective populations being born somewhere else.

But the main reason why Las Vegas is called the ninth island is that a large number of Hawaiians live in Vegas. Recent census data found that roughly 50,000 Hawaiians live in Las Vegas NV, in addition to the 300,000 Hawaiian tourists that visit every year.

That’s a lot of Hawaiians who call Las Vegas home! No wonder it’s called the ninth island. But how did Las Vegas become so popular among islanders? It all started with the California Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas.

Hawaiian Connections to The California Hotel & Casino

The California Hotel & Casino was one of the first casinos on Fremont Street. Sam Boyd, who built the casino, went out of his way to appeal to Hawaiian tourists. He marketed directly to the Hawaiian audience by capturing the look and feel of the island state in the design of the casino.

From the entertainment to the restaurants, the Cal feels like a resort that belongs in Hawaii. There are also plenty of bars in downtown Las Vegas that serve Hawaiian-themed drinks.

This is tremendously different from the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Many of the resorts on the Strip have more of an Italian theme (Venetian, Palazzo, Caesars Palace) or Asian theme (Wynn, Encore, Resorts World).

Las Vegas Food vs Hawaiian Food

There are a handful of restaurants in downtown Las Vegas that serve Hawaiian food, however, there are no Hawaiian restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. Although Hawaiian food is relatively rare in Las Vegas, the culinary scene still offers plenty of delicious meal options.

You’ll find a large number of Mexican, Italian, and Vegan restaurants in Vegas. Plus, there’s a wide selection of eateries that serve pizza, seafood, and tacos. But some of the best food in Las Vegas comes from the Korean BBQ and all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants.

If you’re looking for a Michelin Star restaurant, I recommend you check out some of the best steakhouses and buffets in Las Vegas. Gordon Ramsay also has a number of 5-star establishments on the Las Vegas Strip, including Hell’s Kitchen.

Hawaiian Shopping in Vegas

Las Vegas is a huge shopping destination for Hawaiian tourists. There are plenty of outlet malls and shopping centers in Sin City offering steep discounts on luxury brands. Just ensure that you find appropriate parking for your rental car when shopping on the Strip. Parking in Las Vegas is expensive, which is why we put together a map of where to park for free on the Las Vegas Strip.

Shopping is one of the ways that the city is diversifying its economy away from gambling. With the gambling age in Las Vegas being 21, Sin City has had to find a way to attract a younger crowd.

There are a plethora of things to do in Las Vegas under 21, like seeing a show, going to a museum, riding the thrill rides at the Strat, attending a live sporting event, walking the Strip, and visiting a water park. If you’re a local, one of the more popular activities to try during the summer is fishing.

Things to do in Las Vegas for Tourists from Hawaii

If you’re on vacation there are countless things to do in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas pool party is one of the best ways to feel like you’re back home in Hawaii. Lazy river rides are another great way to get a little taste of the beaches of Maui.

If you’re on a tight budget, there are also plenty of cheap things to do in Vegas, both on and off the Strip. One of my favorites is to visit the various aquariums and animal exhibits on the Strip. You can see the live flamingos at the Flamingo Hotel, visit the dolphins at The Mirage, or check out the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

Downtown Las Vegas has a number of affordable things to do and see too. Some of the most popular attractions include free concerts, art murals, and ziplining. Simply walking around the Fremont Street Experience is also an adventure in and of itself.