Barbarian Days Setting & Symbolism

William Finnegan
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Honolulu

Finnegan and his family moved from the L.A. area to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966 when he was in eighth grade. His father got a job in Hawaii directing a local television show. Moving to Hawaii represented a cultural change for Finnegan and his family, as it was far more culturally and racially diverse than where they had lived in California.

In Hawaii, the Finnegan family rented a house on the outskirts of a wealthy neighborhood called Kahala, and Finnegan attended junior high in a working class neighborhood called Kaimuki. When he moved there, Finnegan had already been surfing for three years, and he found the surfing paradisiacal. He often went to a place called the Cliffs where he met Roddy and Glenn Kaulukukui.

Woodland Hills, California

This was the suburban area where Finnegan grew up before and after moving to Hawaii. He describes it as a place...

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