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Exploring Hawaiian People


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The people of Hawaii are friendlier than anywhere else, even in urban Honolulu. People are quick to smile and wave at you here. People are happy here, and happy people are friendly people.

A person of Hawaiian blood is called a Hawaiian. They are also called Kanaka-Maoli, but only other Hawaiians can use this term. Anyone (except whites) who were born in Hawaii are called locals. If you were born elsewhere but stayed in Hawaii long enough to get a Hawaii state driver’s license, you are kama’aina

If you are white, you are haole. If you’ve been here a day, a week, a decade and you are white, you are a haole. Haole means someone with no background. This is because they could not chant kanaenae, praise, of their ancestors.

Another word is ‘hanai.’ Technically it means a foster or adopted child; a non-blood relative one still considers family. Because of the second half the definition, you’ll often hear Hawaiian refer to their friends to as hanai brother or hanai sister. These are friends that aren’t treated like family, they are family.

Cite: O’ahu Revealed by Andrew Doughty





Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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