Hawai‘i highlighted on ‘Here and Now’

One of Hawai‘i’s popular landmarks will have a spot on the popular board game Monopoly this summer, when the makers at Hasbro release Monopoly: The Here and Now Edition.

Twenty-two U.S. cities will replace the existing properties on the board game, and fans will determine which streets or landmarks of those cities will fill the spots.

Voting started Monday.

Since Honolulu was selected as one of the 22 cities for the new board game, fans can vote for one of three landmarks: Diamond Head, Kalakaua Avenue, or Waikiki Beach.

A release from the toy company states Diamond Head was selected for its “scenic hikes and breathtaking views,” Kalakaua Avenue because it’s the main road that runs through Waikiki and a popular shopping spot, and Waikiki because it’s one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Fans of the other cities can vote for Broadway, Central Park or Times Square for New York City, or Hoover Dam, “The Strip” or Tropicana Boulevard for Las Vegas.

Votes will also determine where each city’s landmark will appear on the game board. The city that receives the most votes will receive the coveted Boardwalk spot.

Monopoly has been published in 27 languages and sold in 81 countries. More than 200 million copies have been produced since the game’s debut in 1935.

Fans can vote for their favorite landmark, be it Hawai‘i or otherwise, as often as once a day. Voting ends on May 12.

To vote for your favorite spot, log on to www.monopoly.com.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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