People of Paradise

The indigenous group that I am interested in and want to learn more about are the Kanaka Maoli, also known as Native Hawaiians. The Kanaka Maoli live across all the islands of Hawaii. There are eight main islands of Hawaii. There’s Hawaii, also known as the big island, Maui, Kaho’olawe, Lanai, Moloka’i, O’ahu, Kaua’I and Ni’ihau. I want to learn more about the Native Hawaiians because I lived on the island of O’ahu for two years. I only visited one other island which was Kaua’I. Some of my friends told me that they were native Hawaiians. I would always be amazed whenever they would talk in Hawaiian or tell me some of their traditions at home or when greeting family. I remember having trouble pronouncing their first or last names since it was so unique. One possible tourist activities associated with Native Hawaiians are luaus.  Originally named ‘aha’aina, luaus are known for celebrations such as a wedding or birthday. There would be special foods at luaus such as roasted pig, fish, and rice. Another tourist activity that are associated with Native Hawaiians is surfing. Native Hawaiians didn’t see surfing as a sport as we see it today. They saw surfing as a recreational activity. Hawaii is known for their beautiful beaches and big waves. This attracts many tourists to come to Hawaii who love surfboarding. The third possible tourist activity that are associated with Native Hawaiians is Cliff Diving. Native Hawaiians would impress women by jumping off cliffs and into the water just to show how brave they are. There are many cliff diving locations since Hawaii is surrounded by water.


This is a map of all the Hawaiian Islands where the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) lived.


This is a map of O’ahu where the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, is located


Me and my date with Hawaii and Korea

When I hear the term global tourism, I imagine people traveling to other cities or countries that have beautiful scenic views. Sometimes people travel because they want to know more about a different culture and their traditions or learn a new language. This is what makes global tourism fun and exciting. Since I grew up in a military family, I gotten the chance to experience many different traditions from different countries. Three of my favorite indigenous groups that interested me were people who live in the Philippines (Filipinos), indigenous people who live in Hawaii (Hawaiians), and people who live in Korea (Koreans). The Philippine islands are located in South East Asia near the Pacific Ocean. They are different from Hawaiians and Koreans since Filipinos were conquered by the Spanish. I visited the Philippines plenty of times since my whole family is mostly Filipino. One “single story” is that people believe that Filipinos have one main language, which is Tagalog. In reality, there are over 170 different Filipino dialects used in the country today! Another “single story” is that I hear about my country is that ALL Filipinos are Catholic. Although it is true that the Spanish did bring Catholicism to the Philippines, some Filipinos can be Muslim or Protestant. Hawaiian Islands are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They are mostly considered to be pacific islanders. There are many “single stories” that I’ve heard about Hawaiians while I was living in Hawaii. One “single story” is that Hawaiians are happy with the changes of their island due to the influences of American culture. Although this can be true, I learned that Hawaiians were forced to give up their land to the English. In other words, Hawaiians were forced to live on an island with American influences, rather than living on old Hawaiian traditions. Another “short story” is Hawaiians can be mean or rude. This is not true. I have enjoyed their hospitality and kindness while I was living on the island of Oahu. Korea is located on the east coast of Asia. They are different from Filipinos and Hawaiians due to their skin color and languages I haven’t heard many “short stories” about Koreans than I did with Filipinos and Hawaiians. Two short stories that I’ve heard is that Koreans are picky with their food and that it is hard for them to learn English.