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from Time Magazine, circa 1943

 

 

On the other hand, the sign is also reminiscent of a more imperialistic reference - Hawaii's significance as a US military outpost providing quick and dirty access to the Asia Pacific 'theaters' of war. The location of Hawai'i and its strategic use to the United States plays no small part in the history of its colonialism.

Hawai'i is currently the most militarized zone in the entire United States.