02/05/2015 01:01 pm ET Updated Feb 05, 2015

Hawaii's Middle-Class Millionaires

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A million bucks — it sounds like a lot of money, doesn’t it?

And no wonder. Millionaires once made up a select micro-class of people with virtually unimaginable buying power.

They were the outsized embodiment of America. Their iconic names — John Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Howard Hughes — line street signs, plazas, universities, corporations and philanthropic foundations.

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