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Hawaiian prisoners in Arizona are taught about their ancient culture

Two spiritual leaders from Hawaii visited Hawaiian inmates at the Sahuaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, this week, with the intention of teaching and enlightening the prisoners about their culture. The facility in Arizona currently houses prisoners from the islands, Reuters reports.

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Inmates welcome the sun in celebration of the Makahiki season, the ancient Hawaiian New Year, at the Sahuaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, on November 9.

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Kekupono Leeloy, right, prepares to sound the conch shell to begin the celebration of the Makahiki season at the Sahuaro Correctional Center on November 9.

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Inmates pray and dance the hula to celebrate the Makahiki season at the Sahuaro Correctional Center on November 9.

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James Bautista learns to play the ukulele during the Makahiki festival at the Sahuaro Correctional Center on November 9.

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Inmates celebrate the Makahiki festival at the Sahuaro Correctional Center on November 9.