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Beyond EthnicityNew Politics of Race in Hawai'i$
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Camilla Fojas, Rudy P. Guevarra, and Nitasha Tamar Sharma

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824869885

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824869885.001.0001

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Local Boy, East Coast Sensibilities

Local Boy, East Coast Sensibilities

(p.139) Chapter 7 Local Boy, East Coast Sensibilities
Beyond Ethnicity

Christopher Joseph Lopa

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter was written from the perspective of a Hawaii resident who identifies as Black and local. My upbringing is explored including the cultural forces that shaped me and the impact that the portion of my upbringing on the East Coast has had on rounding out my Black worldview. This chapter also address challenges to the growth of the Hawaii based African American community including a lack of education about the pre and post-missionary presence of Blacks in Hawaii, the geographic isolation, the transient nature of the State’s largest portion of the Blacks: Service Members in the United States the Military. The struggle of local Black folks to connect to the Black Military population secondary to isolation fostered by base housing and the impact of the Military’s role in historical trauma related to the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Solutions to the issue of Black community cohesion are explored throughout the remainder of the chapter. They include a Cultural Mentorship program for Hawai‘i’s Black Youth, connections to Black art and popular culture and it’s adaption in Hawaii (with a particular focus on reggae and Hip-Hop as the key conduits for identifying and facilitating Black Cultural impact in Hawaii).

Keywords:   Local, black worldview, military, base housing, cultural mentorship, reggae, hip-hop

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