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How Hawaiians look

When I saw this picture, I started thinking about how Hawaiians are slowly dying. People have an image of how Hawaiians look. How do Hawaiians look? We come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. Its difficult to tell who is Hawaiian these days. Our ancestors have slowly intermarried with others so while our faces have changed... our Hawaiian heart remains the same.



Whomever I meet and whereever I go, I try to tell people about Hawaii... like Mr Sunshine. He didnt know the meaning of the word "haole." Before he met me he was in the midst of arresting someone when the person called him, "Dumb haole." Mr Sunshine adamantly told me that its a racist term. I told him that its not racist to be called "haole." He thought it was a derogatory word but its not. I told him that Im part haole. "Haole" means "Without breath" nothing like how he thought it meant. I try sooo hard to change his views about Hawaii. He fell in love with the beauty of Hawaii.

Hawaiians are really beautiful. I dont know of a people who come from a line of warriors who dont fight back when they are attacked. What do we do? We try to reason instead of slaughter and murder innocent people after years of struggling. When you feel invisible in your own land it is likely that you become violent in order to be heard. Does that happen? Has that happened? Not yet and I think that makes us fools yet at the same time it shows how beautiful we are. Then again, people love visiting Hawaii. Many fail in understanding Hawaii... and its people.

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maldito
Jan. 30th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
I hate ignorant people. Maybe the way you used "dumb haole" he thinks it's ignorant? ANd I hate people who are "enamoured" with Hawaii. THey think it's all fucking paradise and don't give a fuck about the people. Fuckers!

I was talking to the people in my doctor's office and some of them have gone 2 various islands. Of course, it was about the place, not the people. THey have lots to learn, but oh well...i have to teach them. :)
haolegirl
Jan. 30th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC)
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Well when the guy said "dumb haole" of course he would think its a bad word (haole). It can be seen as bad I guess but if he was arresting that guy obviously the guy is not very stable or worse.. hes a criminal and he gave a bad "name" for the word "haole." People think its a racist term but like how I tried to explain... Im haole and theres nothing wrong with the word.

In time I think that people will be more interested in the people as well as in the place but right now... I dont see it. Ive noticed very few books at libraries about Hawaiian history so I highly doubt that people will read or read about it.
apestyle
Jan. 30th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
Its all about context I guess. Haoles are sensitive to being pointed out that they're white. Why? I dunno, it just gets to them. Hence when they understand that haole means white (well that's how they translate it, anyway), they get their panties in a bunch.
haolegirl
Jan. 30th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC)
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LOL Yep... I dont think theres anything wrong with being called "haole." I wonder if people know the meaning though?
princessgeek
Jan. 30th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
I took my panties off, thank you.
The reason why I think it is offensive is that my boyfriend uses it as an insult. Usually directed toward wealthy men who are white. I don't like being put into any group based on my skin color. Just like most people don't.

And I still don't think its OK for my boyfriend to make fun of white people (myself included). Racism is hurtful on a personal level too.
haolegirl
Jan. 30th, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I took my panties off, thank you.
Well I guess its how someone perceives it. Its also probably because Im part white. I personally am not offended.
princessgeek
Jan. 30th, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I took my panties off, thank you.
I dont find the word particularly offensive in and of itself, its just that its used to generalize a group of people based on their skin color.
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