Researching Paradise

I knew little information before studying Native Hawaiians. Before doing this research, I already know that Hawaii was founded by Polynesians who voyaged across the Pacific Ocean. I also know that one of Hawaii’s famous and well-known King was named King Kamehameha. Since I lived in Hawaii for 2 years, I know how to recite the Hawaiian National Anthem and I knew that Queen Liliuokalani was the last queen of the islands before the U.S claimed Hawaii.

Many people see Native Hawaiians as nice and loving people. When you arrive in Hawaii, you are greeted with an array of sunshine and people welcome you to Hawaii. It’s a different “vibe” when you visit the other side of the island, or the windward side Neighborhoods are way different than the leeward side. The windward side is where most of the Native Hawaiians live. People can sometimes give you an attitude or just stare at you because your a tourist and not from the island.  Unlike Honolulu, houses of the windward side are poor and sometimes you can see moss grow outside the buildings because of the rain.

Tourism impacts Hawaii in a positive way. Tourist activities don’t really promote a single story, but it gives an ideal view of what Hawaii was like thousands of years ago. One of the most popular tourist activities in Hawaii is the luau. Native Hawaiians showcase luaus to celebrate parties, weddings, or even a change in royalty . Just like my cultural background, Filipinos also celebrate birthday’s and wedding’s by showcasing a feast with lots of food and dancing.

I considered my research ethnographic by looking at multiple sources before making a conclusion. I didn’t want to just read information off of Wikipedia since anyone can post information on there. I also related my research my experiencing living in Hawaii when I was younger. I would remember if I learned what I researched was taught in school or if I heard it from other people.


Hawaiian Festivals That Need To Be On Your Bucket List

The first video shows the 2016 Grow Hawaiian Festival where vendors showcase native Hawaiian plants, crafts, and food. The festival also includes native Hawaiian music and hula dancing.

The second video shows the introduction of the Polynesian Culture Center in Hawaii. The Polynesian Culture Center gives tourists an experience to remember as the center showcases dances, activities, and food derived from Hawaii a long time ago.

The first video is titled “2016 Grow Hawaiian Festival” and it was uploaded on April 29, 2016. The video was uploaded by the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The Hawaiian Electric Companies was created in 1886 where electricity was first introduced in Hawaii. The purpose of the video is for education, information, and entertainment.

The second video is titled “Polynesian Culture Center Hawaii” and was uploaded on April 4, 2009. The video was uploaded by the Polynesian Culture Center itself. The Polynesian Culture Center is the largest tourist attraction in Hawaii where tourists and experience 7 different cultures that lived on Hawaii a long time ago. The purpose of this video is for information about the Center.

Hawaiian Electric Companies. (2016 April, 21) 2016 Grow Hawaiian Festival [Video File]. Retrieved from

Polynesiancultural. (2009 April, 4) Polynesian Culture Center Hawaii [Video File]. Retrieved from

Let’s Tour Hawaii

The main subject in the first article, “Selling Hawaiian Culture”, are tourists and how they affect the Hawaiian culture and traditions. Native Hawaiians are outnumbered by Japanese, Chinese, Americans who tour the island all-year long. Native Hawaiians try to create an authentic atmosphere for tourists by showcasing luaus or wearing native traditional clothing in public. The main subject in the second article are Native Hawaiians. The U.S government allowed Hawaiian Natives to form their own government if they wanted to. This would allow the Hawaiians to create a judicial system that is different from the United States. The author of the first article, Jocelyn Linnekin, is a professor at the University of Connecticut. She has a Ph.D in Anthropology and is an expertise on the Pacific Islands, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Although the article is out-of-date, I still consider the information in the article to important to my research. The Author is addressing the general public who wonder how tourists are affecting native Hawaiian traditions. I believe that the information is factual and valid since I experienced living in Hawaii for 2 years. Her ideas are very similar to other articles I read on other websites. Jocelyn Linnekin identifies my group as Native Hawaiians, and the author’s point of view is objective since she gets right to the point. The author of the Second article, Merrit Kennedy is a journalist and reporter for a news website called NPR. Unlike Linnekin, Merrit Kennedy has no background of anthropology. The article doesn’t seem out of date since it was published last year and she addresses the general audience about the Hawaiian government. The information is factual and the information appears valid. The ideas are in line with other news articles and the author’s view is objective.

Linnekin, J. (1982, September). Selling Hawaiian Culture Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine. Retrieved from

Kennedy, M. (2016, September 23). Native Hawaiians Now Have A Pathway To Form A Government The two-way. Retrieved from