For my family and friends ™ (haolegirl) wrote,
For my family and friends ™

Poverty still strikes Hawaiians

I am a deviation from the norm of the economic status of Hawaiians. It's probably due to a variety of factors. One of them being that I look Haole with dark blonde hair so it helps. My best friend of course disagrees with me but like I told him... it's easier for him to say since he is light skinned and has very light eyes. It's true. It helps me that I look Haole because people do not fear me as much because "I look like them."

In yesterday's newspaper they printed this story:

According to one source, the present status of Hawaiians does not look very good. An excerpt:

"MAJOR CHALLENGES persist in their native land for Hawaiians, who are more likely to be living in poverty than the average isle resident.

Besides being poorer, native Hawaiians -- whether self-identified as solely Hawaiian or as multiracial -- tended to be younger and less educated, according to detailed population profiles from the 2005 American Community Survey released today by the U.S. Census Bureau."


  • This was the first ACS data to include details on native Hawaiians, including those who are multiracial. Earlier releases defined them more narrowly (as solely native Hawaiian) or more broadly (lumped in with all other Pacific Islanders). Here are some of the findings, based on a population sample, for native Hawaiians statewide:

  • There were about 246,515 native Hawaiians alone or in combination with other races, or nearly 20 percent of the state's overall population of 1.2 million people.

  • Their median age was 24.6 years, compared with 38.5 for the overall state population. Only 2.6 percent of native Hawaiians were 75 and older, compared with 7.4 percent for the state overall, and 28.3 percent of native Hawaiians were 5 to 17 years old, compared with 16.9 percent for the state overall.

  • About 41.2 percent of native Hawaiian family households included children under age 18, compared with 29.4 for the state overall. Nearly 21 percent of native Hawaiian families were headed by single females, compared with 12.5 percent for the state overall.

  • Of native Hawaiian children of school age (over the age of 3), nearly half were in grades 1 through 8, suggesting a need to emphasize elementary and middle-school programs.

  • Among people over 25, native Hawaiians with bachelor's degrees or higher lagged the state's overall rate.

  • The unemployment rate for native Hawaiians was slightly higher than for the state overall. Native Hawaiians were less likely to hold management, professional and related occupations. Within the population, a larger percentage of native Hawaiian women than men held those higher-paying jobs.

  • Native Hawaiians had lower incomes than Hawaii's overall population, on a median and a per capita basis.

  • Nearly 15 percent of all native Hawaiian families lived in poverty, compared with the overall state rate of 7.7 percent. About 20.3 percent of native Hawaiian families with related children under age 18 were poor, compared with 10.5 percent for that category in the state overall.

This is the status of Hawaiians. Very bleak. And it's not because Hawaiians are lazy. I know of some Hawaiians who wake up at 5:30 a.m. every morning so that racist stereotype is untrue. I also know of some Hawaiians who work two or three jobs to be able to survive so it's not because Hawaiians are lazy. That's only a racist stereotype.

In fact I wake up early every morning and work six days per week. With one day off. This is no different from some Hawaiians I know.

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