Hawaiian Stereotypes: 11 Things You Should Never Believe
Hawaii is a very different place, and the people who live there come from many different countries. Some people might believe some of the funny stereotypes about the state and its people, but there is a lot more to the state and its people than meets the eye.
Hawaiians live on the beach in grass huts.
Hawaiians don’t live in grass huts on the beach; they have real homes. Even though some people spend most of their time at the beach, they know what a house with walls, AC, windows, doors, etc. looks like. Hawaiian hale (houses) from the past can be found at cultural sites around the islands.
They go to school or work on dolphins.
Even though it’s hard to believe, some tourists have asked about this funny stereotype. Aside from having your own car, the bus is the most popular way to get around. On the island of Oahu, there is a public bus system called “Da Bus” that will take you to any part of the island you want. But if you want to be a little more daring, you can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.
Girls wear bras made of coconuts.
When some tourists think of Hawaii, girls in coconut bras and grass skirts might be the first thing that comes to mind. Even at luaus, people who live there don’t wear this kind of clothing. They shop at the same well-known stores that people all over the world do.
Flowers in the ears are only seen on tourists.
Hawaiians put flowers in their ears for business meetings, church events, parties, weddings, and other events. Men and women used to wear flowers in their ears, and it didn’t matter what kind of flower they wore. Choose a flower that you like or that smells good and wear it with pride.
All of the people who live in Hawaii know how to surf.
Surfing is one of the most popular water sports on the island, but not everyone does it. Hawaiians love to do a lot of things in the water besides surfing, like stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, scuba diving, free diving, water polo, snorkeling, kayaking, rowing, kite boarding, and so on. Hawaiians did, however, come up with surfing, which is probably why it is so popular on the island.
On the beach, people drink mai tais all day long.
Even though mai tais are tasty, locals don’t drink them all day at the beach. Even at BBQs, they don’t really drink them. When hanging out with friends, most people choose other mixed drinks or just beer, just like everyone else.
They can all do the hula.
Hula is an important part of the culture of Hawaii, but not everyone can do it. It takes years and years of practice to get good at it. But if you meet someone who knows how to dance the hula, you can count yourself lucky. People who can do this traditional Hawaiian dance don’t come along very often.
Pineapples are the only fruit they eat.
There are many different kinds of delicious fruits in Hawaii, so they don’t just eat pineapple. Locals also love papayas, mangoes, lychees, apples, oranges, avocados, lilikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit), grapes, clementines, guava, etc. Every fruit has a season, so they don’t get to eat all of them all the time. That’s why some are more special than others.
Every person in Hawaii is a Hawaiian.
As was already said, Hawaii is a huge mix of people from all over the world who come to live there. You are not Hawaiian just because you live in Hawaii or were born there. To be Hawaiian, you have to have Hawaiian blood, which most people in Hawaii don’t have. Because of this, they don’t call themselves Hawaiian.
Spam® is eaten in the morning, at lunch, and at dinner.
Spam® is a popular food in Hawaii, but not everyone likes it. Not everyone in Hawaii is impressed by the magical ham in a can, but you can tell who is a real local and who moved there by whether or not they will eat a Spam® musubi.
Leis are only given to tourists who just got off a plane.
Hawaiians love leis, and they wear them to parties, graduations, weddings, luaus, and just about any other event you can think of. Leis are a sign of love, so it’s not cheesy to be seen with one around your neck. People from both places will wear them.
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