By Kai Simmonds
we grew here, you flew here
I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, I am not a Native Hawaiian- my mother is Filipino and my father is a mix of European descent and 12 years ago I left Hawaii. Over the past 10 years, I have seen Hawaii transform into what it is today- and it is nothing like the Hawaii I grew up in, and I don't mean that in a good way.
If you are visiting Hawaii, you may probably hear the word "Haole."
A Haole is something us locals would call a white person, or a tourist. Haole means "foreigner," but when you break down the word further it means Ha- Breath, Ole- Without or a person without breath (life). That is the how foreigners are described as people without breath, without life- ouch! Harsh right?
Well imagine someone coming over to your home and locking up your beloved queen and holding her hostage until she is forced to give up her home/land. Well thats a 5 second history of Hawaii right there- so you can understand how there is still a lot of pain and anger from the Native Hawaiians toward the haoles. Check out this youtube for the FULL picture.
When you come here, you are a haole, you are a foreigner, a visitor- this island does not belong to you ( read more here). The ocean, nature, and the culture is not just made up tropical Disneyland for your amusement.
When you come here, or anywhere take a minute to learn about the local culture, the history, the people- do not come here with a sense of entitlement just because you paid for an overpriced hotel room in Waikiki.
You are a foreigner, Hawaii may be a part of the United States but this is not your land.