Although the size of Hawaii’s immigrant population has decreased slightly in recent years, historically, the state has been home to a sizable share of immigrants. In the years before Hawaii officially became a U.S. territory in 1900, many laborers from Asian nations came to Hawaii to work at its many pineapple, coconut, and sugarcane plantations. In the years since, the state has maintained close cultural ties with Asia. A large share of Hawaii’s population has also continued to be foreign-born.
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