FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, a security camera warning sign is seen at the Muslim Association of Hawaii in Honolulu. The state of Hawaii has become the first state to sue to stop President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Attorneys for the state filed the lawsuit Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in federal court in Honolulu. The state had previously sued over Trump's initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

Travel ban challenge puts Hawaii's few Muslims in spotlight

March 10, 2017 - 4:54 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has 5,000 or so Muslims or less than 1 percent of the state's population.

They now find themselves thrust into an international spotlight after the state's top prosecutor launched a challenge President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

State Attorney General Doug Chin says even though Hawaii's Muslim population is small Hawaii needs to stand up for it.

Chin says that didn't happen for people for Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.

Chin and Muslims from Hawaii say Trump's order contradicts the islands' welcoming culture that values diversity.

Named as a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit fighting the ban is Ismail Elshikh, the imam of the island of Oahu's only mosque.

Elshikh's mother-in-law is a Syrian living in Syria.

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