Will Arts Get Booted Off the Island?

Hawai’i is more than just another state in the U.S. Its geographic isolation from the rest of the country means that its population is quite insular and, despite the heavy tourist trade, relatively unchanging. These unique qualities make Hawai’i a charming place to live, but are posing a grave danger for the state’s arts groups, many of which are in severe financial turmoil, and in need of public support. “Years of financial austerity measures have helped the major arts and cultural organizations survive, but administrators say innovative solutions are needed to cope with a confluence of negative local and national trends.”