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Bryan Clay

Decathlete Bryan Clay should be proud of his accomplishment. In fact I watched him and rooted for him while watching the competition. He came in second. However he is not Hawaiian as indicated by his website http://www.bryanclay.com The title is "Bryan Clay Hawaiian Decathlete." He is NOT Hawaiian so I am irritated. It totally takes away from Hawaiians. Some Hawaiians can understand this if and when they are in touch with their roots. Some are just Wanna Bes who want to cling onto anything "Hawaiian" just so that they can have a relationship with "Hawai'i." By the way "Hawaiian" is defined by law. Anyway as you can see he is dark but the color of one's skin is not correlated to if someone is Hawaiian or not:

He is not Hawaiian:


At least one of the local papers states it correctly. That is, he is Hawaii-grown NOT Hawaiian. There is a significant difference:


This is a copy of the email that I sent to him:

"Dear Bryan Clay,

Are you Hawaiian? Please clarify your Hawaiian genealogy as the title of your website is "Hawaiian Decathlete." If you are NOT Hawaiian please remove that from the title of your webpage because many Hawaiians are deeply offended by it. Please do not disrespect the Hawaiian culture and its people if you are not Hawaiian.

Thank you!"


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Sep. 5th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
If he's not Hawaiian
Then what is he? I thought he was half-Filipino myself.
Sep. 5th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: If he's not Hawaiian
Hmm.. after reading the article, his grandmother is (part)Japanese?
Sep. 5th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
Couldn't someone say they're Hawaiian in the term of Hawaiian resident, like I am Californian because I was born and raised here? I am also Alaskan, but that is by descent. By residency, I am Californian, and was once Hawaiian, because that's where I paid my taxes.

I would think that's what they mean. It doesn't hurt to clarify that we're talking residency status though and not ethnicity.
Sep. 5th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
It's like Barack Obama who is proud to have been raised in Hawaii... Personally, I am not offended by his use of the terms "Hawaiian Decathlete" because I see it somewhat as a term of respect and reverence. Obama and Clay are mixed-raced and the Hawaiians and local people in general must have instilled in them pride in their identity as being mixed-raced.

Then again there were the 2 female beach volleyball players who are not Hawaiian yet are often referred to as "the Hawaiians" by colleagues/fellow competitors. They are Filipino and Samoan by descent. This, to me, is exploiting the term yet with Obama and Clay it is like they are giving thanks and attention in a way to how the people of Hawaii have helped them become the people they are.

My opinion... It's all about intent. ;-)
Sep. 6th, 2004 12:32 am (UTC)
I looked around there a bit to see if there was any mention, and finally found something stating he is of "half japanese and half african-american" descent
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