There are about 400,000 persons who entirely identified themselves as being ‘Native Hawaiian’ only or in any combination, but they’re not regarded Native Americans. 140,652 individuals identified themselves as being ‘Native Hawaiian’ only. Most of Native Hawaiians live in the State of Hawaii (about 2/3), and others are scattered among various states, specifically in the American Southwest, and with an eminent concentration in California.
Previously, the Hawaiian language was the primary language of the local Hawaiian people; currently, local Hawaiians primarily speak the English language. A key factor for this change was the 1896 law which needed that English be the only basis and medium of instruction in all public and even private schools. This law disallowed the Hawaiian language from being taught as the second language. Despite this, some local Hawaiians (and also non-native Hawaiians) have eventually learned the local Hawaiian language as the second language. As with others native to Hawaii, local Hawaiians usually speak Hawaiian Creole English, a creole that developed during plantation period of Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the effect of the different ethnic groups existing in the Hawaii during that period.
The Hawaiian language has been endorsed for revival most recently by the nationwide program of high cultural preservation approved in 1978. The programs included the creation of Hawaiian language immersion schools and the formation of a Hawaiian language department at the University of Hawaii. Therefore, Hawaiian language learning has extremely risen among all races in Hawaii.
In 2006, the University of Hawaii established a master’s degree program in the Hawaiian Language. In fall 2006, they also created a doctoral (Ph.D.) program in the Hawaiian Language. Besides being the earliest doctoral program for the studying Hawaiian language, it’s the first doctoral program created for the study of any local language in the US. Both the doctoral and masters programs are regarded by international scholars as steering in the revival of local languages.
Hawaiian is still spoken as the main language by various residents on the private island of Niihau. The wonderful tradition and culture of Hawaii are really reflections of the innate beauty of the land. The elegant Hawaiian dances, the powerful and religious songs, and the different fascinating art forms seem to be developed with only one key purpose, and that is to act as instruments through that the mystery and the beauty of the place is expressed.
Here, we bring some of the top interesting facts about Native Hawaiians:
1. Only persons with Hawaiian ancestry are regarded to be Hawaiians.
Even if you’re born and brought up in Hawaii, you’re not regarded to be a real Hawaiian unless you’ve ancestry in your family. People who don’t come from the Hawaiian ancestry, even if they were evidently born and raised in the state, identified to themselves as natives.
2. The Source of the word ‘Hawaii’.
The word ‘Hawaii’ came from the Proto-Polynesian ‘hawaiki’, that means ‘Homeland’ or ‘Place of the Gods.’
3. Native Hawaiian are the only people in the United States who grows vanilla and coffee (Kona Coffee).
4. In 1974, George Ariyoshi from the Hawaii became the first Asian American in the US to be voted governor of a state.
5. The Hawaii’s people consume the highest SPAM per capita in the US. A common snack among natives is SPAM Musubi.
6. It’s impolite to refer to the locals as ‘Hawaiians’ or ‘natives’. Only individuals with Hawaiian ancestry can legally be referred to as “Hawaiians.” Those of non-Hawaiian ancestry are just referred to as ‘locals’, even if they were born and brought up in Hawaii.