If a white, black, or other non-Hawaiian person wanted to practice Hoʻomana, would you consider it cultural appropriation? Is it offensive?
Well, here in Hawaii, we have ALOT of non Hawaiians that grow up here, and they later become very interested in the culture and lifestyle, and some people that are non Hawaiian, learn to speak our language and our culture, if they treat our culture and lifestyle with the same respect and love that we Hawaiians do, then by all means, we aren’t trying to keep the aloha from you. We just want you to take care of it. There are white people that speak more Hawaiian than some Hawaiians and that’s okay because they love the language and culture so much and they know how to use it; with love. There are African Americans that sing and dance our songs and hula and I’ve become very close friends with a few; they are native people too, and they do it beautifully.
If they have lived her their whole lives and show aloha and respect for what we are then we consider them Hawaiian too. We are always about showing love, that’s what it means to be Hawaiian.
It becomes cultural appropriation when: they misinterpret our culture or mock it, wearing fake grass skirts and fake lei and coconut bras.
It becomes cultural appropriation when we mention hula and they wiggle their arms out to the side like a squid, that is NOT hula and that is NOT okay.
It becomes cultural appropriation when they decide to get our tattoos, our tattoos are sacred markings that represent us as a people, they represent our stills and trades, they are not a fashion statement, (it’s cause we make them look sexy af! ) but they are NOT for you to get just because they are nice.
It becomes cultural appropriation when things are not they way they should be, if you are making fun or using our culture in a way in which you don’t understand or THINK you understand then that is wrong.
Our culture is not a themed “luau” night.
Our culture is deep and sacred to us, it is not to be taken lightly. Just like how you wouldn’t mock Christianity, we still deserve the same respect.
But, if you decide that you have a love for our culture, and you are serious about it, then we encourage you to come to Hawaii, check it out and see what it’s really like, and learn about it correctly from the correct people. We have classes about them at all the universities. Even community colleges. But if it’s not It for you, that’s okay, just don’t go around misinterpreting our culture. Lol.
Hope this helps. :)
Also, the reason why we encourage people learning about our culture, is that we would love it if more people were educated about so that they can spread the right things about what we really are. They more people educating others who don’t know the better for us. Just as long as they are sharing the right information. We just want the world to know that we are more than just a vacation spot. We are not over rated. We are CULTURE AND TRADITION AND ALOHA!
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