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For my family and friends ™

Nalani Markell

I like her. This is what she wrote in a letter to the editor:

Others want to define who is a Hawaiian

I was saddened by James Day's May 6 letter, "Why do mixed races claim to be Hawaiian?", asserting that only "pure Hawaiians" have any valid standing in restoration of claims, which includes rights to culture, art, language, spirituality and all forms of Hawaiian ethnocultural identity.

Why is it always a non-Hawaiian dictating how Hawaiians should view and acknowledge one another? Just because Day "feels he isn't Irish" because he is not "race pure" doesn't give him the right to force his ethnocentric view upon another people.

Pacific Islanders, like Hawaiians, are accepting of people of part-Pacific Islander, mixed race-multiethnic ancestry as being of their ethnocultural group. Today people of Hawaiian ancestry continue to endure having their ethnocultural identity stripped from them as dominate Asian and Caucasian groups continue to deny people of Hawaiian ancestry their right "to be Hawaiian," while at the same time steal the ethnocultural identity of mixed-race Hawaiians, or hapa, which was passed down to them by their kupuna and is the Hawaiian cultural term that defines and describes people of part-Hawaiian ancestry.

Nalani Markell

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