Wealthy Hawaiians typically make their fortunes owning land. Because Hawaii is a small group of islands, the amount of land available to own is scarce. This makes the land values very high.Continue Reading
Jay Shidler is one of Hawaii's most successful commercial real estate owners. HawaiiBusiness estimates that Shidler owns over 1.5 million square feet of office space through his company, Pacific Office Properties. Other wealthy Hawaiians own hotels, resorts, businesses, stores and other forms of property.
Duncan MacNaughton is another elite property owner in Hawaii. He's been involved in over 3 million square feet of retail and residential properties throughout Hawaii. He also helped develop popular stores such as Costco and Target, and he's credited with bringing major retail franchises to Hawaii, such as Starbucks, Blockbuster and Jamba Juice.
The backgrounds of Hawaii's richest citizens are very diverse. Many of them are entrepreneurs, owning news media companies, restaurant chains and tech companies. Some of Hawaii's richest entrepreneurs are connected to popular websites.
Pierre Omidyar is considered Hawaii's wealthiest resident. In 1995, he founded eBay, a well-known Internet auction site. In 2011, Forbes estimated that his fortune was 6.2 billion dollars. According to HawaiiBusiness, Omidyar's shares of eBay could be worth 4.1 billion dollars.
Henk Rogers is another wealthy Hawaiian and is credited with popularizing the iconic video game Tetris, along with many other mobile phone games.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
One Tagalog story of creation holds that a kite, which is a type of bird, had no place to land because only ocean and sky existed. The kite stirred the ocean and splashed the sky god, who threw down islands to calm the waters, creating land.Full Answer >
The Pomo people of Northern California travelled on land by foot and used handmade woven rafts or boats to travel on calm waters. The use of rafts or boats varied by location throughout this region of California, from Cleone to Duncan's Point and inland to Clear Lake.Full Answer >
A culture region is a section of land that has common cultural elements. These elements can include religion, language, cuisine or architecture, among many others. Culture regions are found on every continent except Antarctica.Full Answer >
Geography primarily influences cultural development by creating distinct culture regions, which exist as areas of land containing distinct physical characteristics and resources, separating it from surrounding regions. Areas differing in topography and terrain influence lifestyle and economy; flatland areas with fertile soil, for instance, support agriculture, while regions near the coast support fishing and maritime activities.Full Answer >