This little girl looked up, not as focused on what the group was doing as her neighbours. It was October of 2002 in Kaua’I in Koke’e State Park. Her eyes speak of the innocence and beauty of youth.

Youth is one of the greatest enablers of the spreading of information between cultures. With larger schools, you usually have a diverse cross-section of people. With travel being more accessible and folks moving around, this diversity simply increases. Kids share their daily lives with their friends who may not have the same ethnic background. The osmosis has begun. This little girl in the photo may be one who shares this very ritual’s meaning with a friend from a different culture.

What happens then?

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