We need to remember: Native Hawaiian Culture > Local Culture

I see this all the time from locals when issues on Hawaiian culture arise, where we think just cause we grew up around da culture, we have any say in how it should or shouldn’t be used.

Lucky we live HI but it doesn’t make us free from harming Native Hawaiians. We who do not have Hawaiian in our bloodlines, are haole to these lands in its original meaning. Yes, Hawai’i is a much more loving place than most and I am so proud to be from Hawai’i, but we are not free of racism, neo-colonialism, etc, including against Hawaiians.

When local culture says one thing but Hawaiian says another, Hawaiian culture wins, because it is HAWAIIAN CULTURE. We as locals, haoles, cannot combat the feelings and lived word of Hawaiians. Ainokea if we grew up with one thing and all of a sudden they saying different. Such as with Hapa. Local culture says its anyone who is mixed with anything. I grew up around that, you grew up around that. But that is false. That is erasure of the true meaning of Hapa, of what the identity of Hapa was born out of, of the Hawaiian culture attached to it. You are not Hapa if you are not part-Hawaiian, no matter what local culture says.

Hawaiian culture always comes before local culture. Respect the culture and respect Native Hawaiians.

The film [Niʻihau movie] “is particularly problematic in an age of Trumpian political warmongering with North Korea, with Hawaii as a potential nuclear target, and a potential ground zero for nuclear annihilation, especially if China gets involved.

This kind of careless, insensitive decision-making ― including the casting [decision] ― does not consider the real-world impacts on Native Hawaiians, Hawaii residents, and other peoples of color when we are not made visible as real people with a full range of human experiences and emotions.

Rather we are characters for white people to try on and mimic in their quest to fulfill their own ignorant, arrogant, incorrect fantasies about Native Hawaiians and other peoples of color.

Niihau: The Traditions of an Hawaiian Island by Rerioterai Tava and Moses K. Keale Sr.

     For more than a century, the Hawaiian island of Niihau has been forbidden to outsiders.  The owners are the Robinson family, descendants of the Sinclairs who originally purchased the island in 1864.  Keeping the privacy of Niihau as a way to protect the Hawaiian lifestyles of the residents, the Robinson family has restricted visits over the years to an occasional invited guest, a few public officials and physicians.  To add to the mystique of life there, the family will not grant any interviews to discuss aspects of life on Niihau.  Most information about the people and their lifestyles has been gathered from Niihau residents themselves.
     According to the 1980 census, there were 226 persons living on Niihau.  Approximately two thirds of the residents are Hawaiian, comprising the largest colony of pure Hawaiians in the state.  The remaining part-Hawaiian residents are a mixture of Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese or other ancestry.  The Niihauans are free to travel to and from the island whenever they wish.  What little information that outsiders have received suggests that the lifestyle of Niihau retains a special native Hawaiian spirit that resembles the rural Hawaii of a fading past.

Japanese planners had determined that some means was required for rescuing fliers whose aircraft were too badly damaged to return to the carriers. The island of Niihau, only 30 minutes flying time from Pearl Harbor, was designated as the rescue point. 

The Zero flown by Petty Officer Shigenori Nishikaichi of Hiryu was damaged in the attack on Wheeler, so he flew to the rescue point on Niihau. The aircraft was further damaged on landing. Nishikaichi was helped from the wreckage by one of the native Hawaiians, who, aware of the tension between the United States and Japan, took the pilot’s maps and other documents. The island’s residents had no telephones or radio and were completely unaware of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nishikaichi enlisted the support of three Japanese-American residents in an attempt to recover the documents. During the ensuing struggles, Nishikaichi was killed and a Hawaiian civilian was wounded; one collaborator committed suicide, and his wife and the third collaborator were sent to prison.

The ease with which the local ethnic Japanese residents had apparently gone to the assistance of Nishikaichi was a source of concern for many, and tended to support those who believed that local Japanese could not be trusted.


The Oahu County Committee will be holding a Special Election on November 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., place TBD. We will be electing a new VICE CHAIR for the Oahu County. If you are interested in running for the office of VICE CHAIR, please fill out and return the attached form by November 2, 2016.

The form is available at the website below:


Reena Rabago
Oahu County Committee, Chair
Democratic Party of Hawaii

—  Let’s change the Democratic Party of Hawaii! Despite any opinions you may have of him, you have to realize that it is because of Hawaii for Bernie supporters that Tim Vandeveer is now the CHAIR of the entire Democratic Party of Hawaii. We can change things. Please consider running or encouraging someone you know who is prepared to run. They may need some convincing, but if you know they can do it, we could really use some help.