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Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

  I was super bummed. When someone asked me to “introduce the real Hawaii” to them while I was in my hometown, Hilo, I took that job pretty seriously. I took my mainland friend to both sides of the island, made them try some local grinds, and showed them some of my favorite spots. But… Continue reading Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

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5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

I don’t like to write about things that upset me because I don’t want to go off on a rant, but there are a few things about Polynesian stereotypes that have always bothered me, and I think it’s about time I just got it out of my system. I’ve been writing a memoir and as… Continue reading 5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

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How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

I’m always so proud of people when they graduate from college because it’s such a huge accomplishment. All the work, time, money, and stress that goes into it deserves recognition. This past week I went up to Rexburg, Idaho with my great aunt to attend and celebrate my brother-in-law’s graduation. I can’t even begin to… Continue reading How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

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5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

The Fourth of July is my other favorite holiday besides Christmas, and because it is, my next few posts will all be Patriotic-themed. I love being a citizen of the United States of America. I take a lot of pride in learning about our heritage and recognizing many of my brave ancestors who sacrificed so… Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

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Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

  I think pretty much all dads are the same: tough on the outside but having soft spots inside. The way they show that soft spot is different for each dad. This Father’s Day I decided to focus mostly on Polynesian dads, because they are very much like other dads, except there are a few… Continue reading Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

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A Few Thoughts on Mainland Luaus

I actually think it’s really cute and fun when people have “luaus” or Hawaii-themed parties on the mainland. I’m a Hawaiian girl through and through, and even though these kind of events are pretty fake (involving synthetic leis and overly bright aloha shirts) and not even culturally accurate, I love that the concept of “Hawaii”… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Mainland Luaus

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The Real Reason I Started this Blog

I think a lot of people wonder what’s the point of this blog? Who’s going to read it? Why even try creating a blog for locals when they’re so diverse? Also, how can you make money off of a blog? “You can’t make money off a blog like this.”   To be completely honest, these questions… Continue reading The Real Reason I Started this Blog