Could Hawai'i have its own Board?
Hawai'i is very far from Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming....
As a Hawai'i resident, and a regular reader and contributor here, I would like to know what it would take for Hawai'i to have its own Board. Hawai'i posts dominate the "Elsewhere in America" Board; my guess would be they constitute over 90% of activity.
Therefore, I think it would make a lot of sense to have a Hawai'i specific board. Thematically, Hawaiian food is in its own category; and it is clearly a geographically and culturally unique part of the country (like New Orleans you could say). And it is one of America's no. #1 vacation spots, so it is likely that many people specifically interested in Hawai'i food would appreciate a clearer way to find its location on Chowhound.
I'd appreciate any feedback on the possibility.
The Chowhound Team rules, but it seems to others of us that they might be a wee bit geographically challenged. The Southwest Board is dominated by Phoenix and Las Vegas posts, which is legit, because they really are in the Southwest. Other states/cities thrown in there two are hundreds of miles from those two sprawling metropolises. If I were the CH czar, I would establish a Rocky Mountain/Intermountain board for Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. I would add Reno in with Las Vegas -- or perhaps more logically, northern California. There is no way Reno is in the Southwest. It's a straight shot east on I-80 from San Francisco. New Mexico is culturally in the Southwest yet geographically could be in the Southwest or Rocky Mountain region. There you have my feedback.
re: Melanie Wong
You're right, Melanie. The words "excl Reno and Lake Tahoe" appear at the top of the Southwest page, so subliminally, I think I expect them there. Since I live in Colorado, I automatically ignore the many posts on Phoenix and Las Vegas, and without thinking it through, I suppose I assumed that there was some Reno/LT posts there someplace that I was also auto-ignoring.
Of course it reflects my interests and where I'm from and now live but:
Hawai'i should have it's own board; the discussions on the "Elsewhere" forum are almost all about Hawai'i as elinw notes.
A Rocky Mountain / Intermountain board as suggested by ClaireWalter also makes a great deal of sense.
Seems like two very logical changes to me.
Alaska and Hawaii always tend to be put in some strange category or other. Took years before they showed up on national weather forecasts. Would seem logical to me to put Alaska in the PacificNorthwest region, Southern Alaska is not "that far" from Washington State - especially in terms of food and culture. 99% of the rest of the elsewhere board would indeed be covered by a Rocky Mountain region. Hawaii does deserve it's own board as the food here is not the same mix as you find anyplace else in the US. Puerto Rico is (somewhat inappopriately) in the international boards as part of the carribean (which conversely makes sense), I'm not sure where Guam or Saipan are.