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Haoles in Hawaii$
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Judy Rohrer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834050

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834050.001.0001

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“Locals Only” and “Got Koko?”

“Locals Only” and “Got Koko?”

Is Haole Victimized?

(p.76) Chapter 4 “Locals Only” and “Got Koko?”
Haoles in Hawaii

Judy Rohrer

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks more closely at attempts in the last decade to recast haole as a victim. It argues that it is a mistake to equate entitlements, programs, or preferences for native Hawaiians with haole victimization. From the haole oligarchy that overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii and ruled the islands until the 1950s (when the “democratic revolution” put many Japanese locals into power), to current statistics on the in-migration of haoles versus the out-migration of Hawaiians, to socioeconomic indicators, the pattern is one of variable but persistent haole political and economic power. The spate of recent lawsuits, starting with the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rice v. Cayetano, provides insight into how this power is now being reconsolidated through the overlay of dehistoricized colorblind ideology that whitewashes Hawaii's history and makes Hawaiian claims for entitlements appear unreasonable. The chapter demonstrates how these lawsuits misrepresent native Hawaiians as a racial group seeking “special rights” or “race-based” advantages rather than an indigenous people recognized in federal and state law.

Keywords:   haole victimization, hate crimes, reverse racism, race, Rice v. Cayetano, native Hawaiians

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