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My name is Allia Alliata. And the images above are of my grandfather’s home in Rome and of me in Hawaii - pictures of both of my roots. I’ve lived in the US since I was six months old and have lived on Oahu since I was six. Having spent most of my life in Hawaii, it is where I call home. Although I was raised in the US, I was born in Italy and raised by Italian parents. Therefore, I feel an imperishable and inherent attachment to my Italian roots. My heritage is something that will remain close to me no matter where I have traveled or lived.
Living and traveling back and forth between two entirely different cultures, I have developed a strong appreciation and understanding of not only Hawaiian and Italian culture, but of varied cultures from around the world. Hawaii’s warm and generous spirit juxtaposed with Italy’s rich history and family traditions have truly shaped who I am as a person, my interests and decisions.