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People and Cultures of Hawai'iThe Evolution of Culture and Ethnicity$
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John F. McDermott and Naleen Naupaka Andrade

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835804

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835804.001.0001

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The Okinawans

The Okinawans

(p.131) Chapter 6 The Okinawans
People and Cultures of Hawai'i

Ryokichi Higashionna

Gilbert Ikehara

Leslie Matsukawa

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter features the lives of Okinawans in Hawaiʻi. Though the evolution of the Okinawan people of Hawaiʻi has occurred, there is evidence of the persistence of possibly hardwired biological characteristics, traits, and behaviors that have been retained, leading to hardiness and a resilience of body, mind, and spirit. Okinawans are known for their longevity and good health into their old age. Yuimaru, a spirit of working together for the benefit of all, and ichariba chode, seeing everyone as brothers and sisters, are two of the persisting values that are very similar to Hawaiian values that opened doors for the Okinawans settling in the Islands and hold them in good stead today.

Keywords:   yuimaru, ichariba chode, Okinawans, Okinawan values, Hawaiian values

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