In a World of Darkness…Hawaii shines as a great example of Aloha Spirit and tolerance…But Hawaii was NOT always that way…Hawaii is possibly most notorious for intolerance… Being the youngest state in the nation, Hawai’i became the 50th state of the United States in 1959, and actually acknowledged its 55th year as part of our country this past Friday, August 15th. Some Hawaiian sovereignty activists believe that Hawai’i still remains, or should once again become, an independent nation, many here still argue that the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 was illegal and resulted from an armed invasion by the United States…WELL…IT DID!
Despite the history that trails behind Hawai’i becoming part of the US, today most residents live together in relative peace. Hawai’i is known as the melting pot of the Pacific, meaning there is a large blending of ethnicities including Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, African American, Caucasian and many others. But for the most part, all live in harmony in Hawaii. Through everything Hawaii has been through…It’s truly an example to the rest of the world about how different races can coexist in one place, get along and be at peace with each other.
It would be naive however to say that we ALL get along every waking minute of the day. Of course there is some racial profiling and name-calling (haoles, mokes, Portagees, etc.) that exists in Hawai’i, but you really don’t see much political unrest like many of the other states have. We don’t have protests over racial disparages, police shootings based on discrimination or gang violence…But why?
I guess we could start with the general disposition of local people. Mostly quiet, reserved, self-conscious, respectful, peaceful, not looking to stand out in a crowd or make a scene. Hawaii has a laid back attitude and it’s been that way for a very long time. The ALOHA SPIRIT…it’s just here…in us, in the air, the water, the land…it’s a powerful thing that just doesn’t exist anywhere else on earth and when you visit Hawaii or leave Hawaii you either feel it or miss it…You also carry it with you no matter where you go and sharing the aloha spirit is a great gift the world deserves. We tell people…You can explain the Aloha Spirit…they need to feel it for themselves…and once they do…there is no going back.
We know we are lucky to live Hawaii, but we are truly blessed to carry, understand and share what the Aloha Spirit is to the world…it’s an example to the World indeed to live Aloha~ Love.