Cultural Diversity In The Hawaiian Islands

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The Hawaiian Islands has this image of being the perfect vacation destination for people all around the world. The island’s welcoming “aloha” culture is very popular and spoken of around the world. Yet, lately not only native Hawaiians live there, many tourists visit all year long and many families and businessmen decided to move and live there as well. This makes the island diversified and multicultural. Through the years, many waves of immigrations took place and more non-locals began living in Hawaii. Hawaii is thus composed of multiple ethnicity groups; “34% are white, 25% are Japanese, 14% are Filipino and 6% are Chinese, yet only 12% are Hawaiians( whose roots are Polynesian)”(. This complicates the situation in the island as it begins…show more content…
Each ethnicity has its own values, beliefs and customs. Interracial marriages complicated the cultural and national identification even more. “The most common combinations are Hawaiian Caucasian and Hawaiian Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Filipino)”.(source) This diversity had an impact on the cultural system and the lifestyles ,that change from community to community. Hawaiian culture has this tradition of sticking to its roots and past and old concepts. One of the most important things to locals is family. Since native Hawaiians consider family the strongest relationship out of all relationships, it’s hard for them to include others and to dismiss their unique rituals and habits. Their culture and tradition (dance, music, language and the Hawaiian Women) have been also cheapened by tourism. For example, the famous Hula dance that is considered a traditional Hawaiian dance ,has a deep spiritual meaning, and is now practiced by many tourists who ignore the spirituality behind it. What is Hawaiian culture + identity and how did it change with outsiders ‘ presence. PROTESTS +…show more content…
This feeling of ownership and belonging has never been felt by native Hawaiians in their own country, since they had their land invaded a very long time ago. Xenophobia is known to have psychological reasons behind it, which are, the fear of having their belonging taken away and this fear of loosing their identity and nation. An ancestral memory has been passed on from generation to generation, that passing on the stories on the Hawaiian history and especially the invasion and imposing of

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