This introductory chapter begins with the author's account of moving to Hawaii from California with her family in the 1970s and being labeled as “haole” by kids at her elementary school. “Haole” was originally a native Hawaiian word meaning “foreign” that has come to mean white people and “acting white” or acting haole in the islands. She explains how being racially marked as haole is pivotal for white people who move to Hawaii. She then sets out the book's purpose, which is to make some sense of haole and enter a more public discussion about the politics of haole. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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