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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Embattled Stories of Occupied Hawai‘i

Embattled Stories of Occupied Hawai‘i

(p.246) Embattled Stories of Occupied Hawai‘i
At Home and in the Field

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter introduces Charles Kānehailua, a Vietnam veteran reinterpreting his life, Hawai‘i, and the United States in the context of developing a Hawaiian national identity he had largely forgotten through enculturation as an American soldier. The author's story of friendship with Kānehailua illuminates some of the everyday social interaction involved in the deconstruction of American identity within the Hawaiian community and points to the fraught political and ethical terrain of doing ethnographic research with at least one native Hawaiian veteran. For Kānehailua, the process of coming to consciousness and awareness of his indigenous history—one characterized by dispossession and betrayal—is at odds with a U.S. military ideology of self-sacrifice for country and meritorious advancement through the ranks.

Keywords:   enculturation, Charles Kānehailua, Vietnam veteran, Hawaiian national identity, Hawai‘i, U.S. military ideology, indigenous history, Native Hawaiian veteran

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