November 6th, 2005


Some of my hardwork finally paid off

Finally. Like I've been telling people for years, "Hawaiian" is the closest English equivalent to "oiwi" and I am glad that some people are recognizing it for what it is because the Hawaiian people are unique with a unique history even unique to Hawaiian nationals. We are not like "Floridians" nor "Texans" nor "Californians." Anyway I use "Hawaiian" to mean "HAWAIIAN" and have always used it as the English equivalent to "oiwi." On the other hand if I were to speak and/or write in olelo oiwi than I usually write "oiwi."

Anyway the AP Stylebook has finally declared "Hawaiian" as ethnicity NOT as residency of Hawaii. I have written to countless writers over the years to tell them that they are violating Hawaii State Law which defines "Hawaiian." I guess it finally paid off *LOL* I'm joking of course. I am not the only one who wrote and wrote and wrote to some writers pointing out that "Hawaiian" means "HAWAIIAN."

ANYWAY respect for the Hawaiian people is forming to my satisfaction. Here is the article declaring its accurate use. Yeehaw:

News media change 'Hawaiian' distinction

The "AP Stylebook" says the term should be used to describe ethnicity, not residency

Outside the state, few people know that all Hawaii residents are not Hawaiians. For years, "The Associated Press Stylebook" and libel manual, a guide commonly used by newspapers around the country, said there was no difference.

That has changed.

The AP has informed its member organizations of an update to the stylebook on the use of the term "Hawaiian." From now on, Hawaiians will be used only to describe members of the ethnic group indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. "Hawaii resident" or "islander" describes anyone who lives in the state.

Previously, "Hawaiians" could be used to describe residents of Hawaii.

The stylebook is a collection of rules on the use of language to provide a uniform and understandable presentation of stories run by member news organizations.

"I'm really quite pleased that AP has made that distinction," said Jon Osorio, director of the Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He said the distinction is important to Hawaiians who feel they have a distinct status in Hawaii because they are indigenous people. He said describing residents as islanders also creates a certain degree of romanticism.

AP Honolulu Bureau Chief Dave Briscoe said, "We've actually been trying to get a change for years."

He said the use of "Hawaiian" becomes an issue whenever a prominent person from Hawaii makes national or international news. He said the bureau has had to change Hawaiian to Hawaii resident in stories originating on the mainland describing teenage golfer Michelle Wie.

Wie is an American of Korean ancestry. She is also a Hawaii resident.

Briscoe said he had difficulty persuading AP to make the change, because the organization bases much of its stylebook on dictionary definitions. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, Hawaiian is a native or inhabitant of Hawaii.

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