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We all know that. The term local girl has gone far beyond the stereotypical Polynesian girl. And no matter what the ethnicity, a local girl…is a local girl.


Or if a black person can fit the deation of local. Recently, I heard an African-American educator say she had been here for date night at leu Fort Lauderdale years and doubted if she would ever be considered local in Hawaii no matter how many years she lived here.

I care for Hawaii and respect its people and customs yet I am categorized as a haole, never a local.

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I grew up on Oahu, graduated from Punahou School and have made Hawaii my home for 70 years. When I leave the islands for good, it will be as ashes dropped into the sea at Kaalawai, Kansas City MO dating laws beach below the finger of lava where I live.

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Yet that deation is still linked to the color of my skin, with the word haole coming after local. It seems more of an Nashville dating profiles title than being deemed a true local.

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In fact, when I wrote a column in about considering myself a local haoleone of my readers slammed me for engaging in cultural appropriation. For example, a Hawaiian or a Waipahu-born Filipino are considered locals, not a local Hawaiian or a local Filipino.

That clearly meant someone of color, not a person who loved Hawaii. Local identity is complicated.

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It seems people of color are local, but only if they are members of the following racial groups: Pacific Islanders, Polynesians, I Norfolk dating a younger man, Melanesians, and Asians from all parts of Asia except maybe East Indians. Not blacks, even if they are born here like former President Barack Obama. If you are a member foreigners dating in Pennsylvania those particular groups, the term local can be conferred even if you just got off a plane from Los Angeles — as long as you keep your mouth shut.

My childhood in Hawaii was in the pre-statehood s when racial exclusion was a fact of life in the islands.

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Private clubs prohibited membership to local Asians Bend girl looking for white male matter how high their professional or educational standing. My school had only a handful of Hawaiian students and there was a quota on Asian admissions.

Not that I am complaining about my own status. There are a lot worse things than being a haole in Hawaii.

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here. The problem is not our racial and cultural differences. Such diversity is our wealth. By talking about our differences and shared experiences, sometimes we bridge this divide in small and unexpected ways. When I was talking about the gap between local and non-local with my friend and writer Kathleen Norris, she told me of a recent experience.

I commented that when I was in high school here there were no express buses. That instead we had a weird, inconvenient zone system Kentucky folk dating you went Lakewood blossom asian dating the city.

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