Hawaii’s Statehood Anniversary & Its Growing Latino Population.

by Victoria Cepeda

As a history enthusiast I have tailored my Facebook news feed and twitter account to update me on anything history related. That is how I found out that today we mark the 54th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th U.S. state.

Tickled by curiosity, and always wanting to see how “mi gente latina” is represented anywhere, I was surprised to read that the 2010 U.S. Census recorded that Hawaii had the largest percentage increase in Hispanics/Latino population of any other state.

Hawaii also boasts 58% of registered and eligible Latinos voters (2nd largest in the nation) and that residents of Puerto Rican ancestry comprise the largest group among local Latinos,  Puerto Ricans represent 36 percent of the population, followed by those of Mexican ancestry with 29 percent.  However don’t expect to find Latino “barrios” there.  See why.

HulaOfHawaii03220 Photo: www.gohawaii.com 

Pa’lante Latino showcases current events in the arts, entertainment, politics, and culture as it affects our community. Above all, we are ferocious advocates of the contributions that Hispanics/Latinos have made to the United States and feature articles based on historical facts to reaffirm our relevance.Please feel free to email us at info@palantelatino.com.


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