In the Pacific island nation of Hawai’i, it is easy to miss the island’s distinctive cuisine.
A dish that’s common here, and perhaps a staple, is the rice bowl.
But, for Hawai’is, it’s a cultural touchstone.
Like the bowl itself, it has a history and a history of its own.
For more than three centuries, the bowl has served as a way of exchanging food, and the bowls have been seen as an extension of the islander identity.
That is, the bowls are an extension and expression of Hawaiians’ shared identity and place.
For a small, largely insular island, the rice bowls are a cultural icon.
But they are also a symbol of a broader issue.
This is a country with a history.
And it’s one that’s changing.