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 Although the article is out-of-date, I still consider the information in the article to important to my research.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 The article doesn’t seem out of date since it was published last year and she addresses the general audience about the Hawaiian government.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 https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/selling-hawaiian-culture

Kennedy, M. (2016, September 23). Native Hawaiians Now Have A Pathway To Form A Government The two-way. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/23/495212183/native-hawaiians-now-have-a-pathway-to-form-a-government

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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