High diversity (yes!) in a soon to be sustainable society (working!). . .

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Dancers of diversity . . .

Hawai’i as a model

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There is no majority and the third largest percentage, 23.6%, are multi-ethnic from two or more ethnic groups.

But what does this mean for Hawai’i as a model of the new diverse, urban metropolitan area? ethnically 39% of Hawaii’s population is Asian, 25% is White, 10% is Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders, almost the same amount or 9% is Hispanic, 1.6% is Black or African American, 0.3% is American Indian and Alaska Native. There is no majority and the third largest percentage, 23.6%, are multi-ethnic from two or more ethnic groups. And being from three ethnic groups is increasingly common. This is the emerging human model for the Pacific half of the planet. Does everyone get along? No. Are their problems with poverty and alienation? Yes. But to be a real part of these communities, and that doesn’t happen quickly or easily, you learn to live and appreciate the cultures around you and to laugh at the stereotypical attitudes of each ethnic group. Chinese are cheap, Japanese are snooty, Haoles (Whites) think they know it all and don’t share, etc. etc.

It is also strange to watch the growing American racism and white supremacy that is so alien to our society.

If you are part of this society your spouse and children are tied to communities and schools that include all. As we say, ‘all kine kids come over to play’ and we are all aunties and uncles or grandma and grandpa (since I’ve graduated to the senior category) to all of them. That is a responsibility that we all share and that, plus the love of the land and aloha, is a product of the Hawaiian culture that we have all inherited. And, yes, there are real issues with being part of the population that came after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 by forced abdication of Queen Liliuokalani with the assistance of US troops. In that Kingdom all residents were Hawaiian. After that only ethnic Hawaiians can use that title. That is also part of the heritage, the bad as well as the good, but it is not something you always remember.

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Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .

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