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Identity is More Than a Card in Hawaii

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  You don’t need any special ID card to visit Hawaii, but moving here does not make you Hawaiian.   As with other states, to take a Hawaii vaca (You don’t need any special ID card to visit Hawaii, but moving here does not make you Hawaiian.

Russell Roberts‘s insight:

Interesting viewpoint.  The issue never really bothered me much.  As a child and teenager, I lived in many places because my father was in the Air Force.  Basically, I was a nomad until our family settled here for good in 1959.  Since that time, I’ve considered myself a "long-time" resident of Hawaii but not a "Native Hawaiian."  The term could apply to those born here or to those whose ancestors originally populated this island chain long ago.  History being what it is, most of us living in Hawaii are citizens of the USA, residents of a state second, and "native population" last.  Be proud of what you are.  You came here for a reason.  Work hard to make our state prosperous and fair.  Acknowledge those who came before us, respect their culture, and work for justice.  There are more important issues before us:

food and energy self-sufficiency, establishing a just society, and recognizing the ties that bind all of us in the great experience of life.  We are fortunate to live in a place where most of us get along most of the time.  There is no better place to call home.  Aloha, Russ.

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