I'm eating out today with my friend Gary Haleamau. Born on the Big Island and calling Vegas his home for nearly 15 years, Gary is a musician and organizer of festivals that highlight his native culture. He's brought me to Island Flavor, his pick for the most authentic Hawaiian food in Las Vegas, a city they call the Ninth Island for its large islander population. More than 15,000 Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders live in Las Vegas, lured here by the low cost of living and work in the booming casino industry. The community has its own magazine, its own radio station, and its own flagship hotel and casino, called the California, boasting its own Hawaiian-themed eateries. But when natives want to eat the foods of home, says Gary, they come to restaurants like Island Flavor.