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Haoles in Hawaii

Judy Rohrer


This book strives to make sense of haole (white person/whiteness in Hawaii) and “the politics of haole” in current debates about race in Hawaii. Recognizing it as a form of American whiteness specific to Hawaii, the book argues that haole was forged and reforged over two centuries of colonization and needs to be understood in that context. Haole reminds us that race is about more than skin color as it identifies a certain amalgamation of attitude and behavior that is at odds with Hawaiian and local values and social norms. By situating haole historically and politically, the author asks reader ... More

Keywords: haole, white person, Hawaii, race, American whiteness, colonization, Hawaiian values, social norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834050
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judy Rohrer, author