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Old 05-28-2017, 11:54 AM
 
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Hi. We are moving back to Hawaii. Last time I lived there was forever ago and I was single. I have a Filipino wife and kids. Are they still racist to Filipinos? Will it make it harder finding a place to live? I'm a haole, so I am not sure what is worse. I would imagine haole-flip family forbidden everywhere! lol

So what is the situation? Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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This is Hawaii, nobody cares.

Ask folks their background and frequently they'll start listing off an entire chop suey of races they belong to. It's kinda a topic of conversation. You may want to brush up on which sorts of haole you are so when the conversation comes up with the hapa kids, then you can add in your hapa this and that as well. If your kids are hapa filipinio-english-german-french or whatever, then you get to be hapa, too.

In all likelihood, if you find anybody being racist, it's against haoles and not filipinos. However, there's a bias towards being not-from-around-here so as long as you don't try to change things to like they are on the mainland or anywhere else, things should be fine.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Naʻālehu, Hawai'i
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hotzcatz pretty much nailed it.
I'm not sure about Kauai, but here on BI... in all seriousness - no one cares. It's like standing in the middle of a crowd and yelling "I have knees halfway down my legs!"
Funny thing is, my neighbors are a haole-filipino couple with two beautiful children... and until seeing this thread, I've never even given it a second thought before. Often times I feel their children are part of my own family with as much time as we spend together.

Regarding racism.... truth be told I have only ever seen it with the kids who really have no idea what they are talking about or directed towards the people who seem to be looking for it. I've never *experienced* it first hand (I'm white haole), but I'm not jaded enough to think it doesn't happen from time to time behind my back... being from Kentucky I know racism. But like politics, aliens, and reruns of Mr. Belvedere... I just don't have time for that nonsense, life goes on.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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This is Hawaii, nobody cares.

Ask folks their background and frequently they'll start listing off an entire chop suey of races they belong to. It's kinda a topic of conversation. You may want to brush up on which sorts of haole you are so when the conversation comes up with the hapa kids, then you can add in your hapa this and that as well. If your kids are hapa filipinio-english-german-french or whatever, then you get to be hapa, too.

In all likelihood, if you find anybody being racist, it's against haoles and not filipinos. However, there's a bias towards being not-from-around-here so as long as you don't try to change things to like they are on the mainland or anywhere else, things should be fine.
Thank you. I am German. So German-Filipino kids. I already expect some discrimination against myself. I just am curious if my family would suffer anything. I heard Filipinos are the largest ethnicity now. Of course, I used to live in Honolulu. We are planning on moving to Maui or the Big Island. I heard they are less racist on the other islands?

Not that all Hawaiians are really racist. Most are pretty chill. But we used to live in Japan and they were always like "Ew your wife is a scummy Filipino. Does she know how to use a toilet?" lol Japan.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Thank you. I am German. So German-Filipino kids. I already expect some discrimination against myself. I just am curious if my family would suffer anything. I heard Filipinos are the largest ethnicity now. Of course, I used to live in Honolulu. We are planning on moving to Maui or the Big Island. I heard they are less racist on the other islands?

Not that all Hawaiians are really racist. Most are pretty chill. But we used to live in Japan and they were always like "Ew your wife is a scummy Filipino. Does she know how to use a toilet?" lol Japan.
Why do you expect racism against yourself as a German? What have you been reading or who have you been listening to?

I'm a white haole who has lived in rural Big Island for seven years. Sometimes we do complain that there is favoritism in the local government and police department that gives advantages to locals. But that's about all I've ever experienced.

Regarding Filipinos, here they are a big part of the local population. In fact, I think a lot of the "culture" and food is derived from Filipino influence. But, then, we also have a lot of Japanese and Chinese influence, so it's a real mixture. I can't imagine anyone worrying about racism against Filipinos.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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You'll experience far more racism driven posts on City Data in the Hawaii forum than real life in Hawaii. I'm still waiting after 8 years here an actual racist comment or action in person.
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:47 PM
 
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Why do you expect racism against yourself as a German? What have you been reading or who have you been listening to?

I'm a white haole who has lived in rural Big Island for seven years. Sometimes we do complain that there is favoritism in the local government and police department that gives advantages to locals. But that's about all I've ever experienced.

Regarding Filipinos, here they are a big part of the local population. In fact, I think a lot of the "culture" and food is derived from Filipino influence. But, then, we also have a lot of Japanese and Chinese influence, so it's a real mixture. I can't imagine anyone worrying about racism against Filipinos.
Well, Honolulu is on Oahu. Talked to Hawaiians and haole alike. There was a good amount of racism against both groups of people. In fact, Hawaii is where I learned the term "flip". They even have something called "kill a haole day." A lot of locals don't want to hire you or rent to you if you are white. I do not tan. I red. So I always look like a 2nd day malihini! But yeah, if I can call my kids "hapa", they should be OK
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:22 PM
 
Location: NJ>a Jet Plane>Puerto Rico
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You'll experience far more racism driven posts on City Data in the Hawaii forum than real life in Hawaii. I'm still waiting after 8 years here an actual racist comment or action in person.
seems to be my experience too..sometimes the anonymity of the interwebz brings out the worse in people.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Lucky for your kids to be hapa, now they'll not sunburn as much, I'd hope? Plus Filipino or part-Filipino usually look about half their age. I asked someone the other day if he'd graduated high school yet and he was in his mid twenties. Ooops! He said folks always thought he was much younger.
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Old 05-31-2017, 04:49 PM
 
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You'll experience far more racism driven posts on City Data in the Hawaii forum than real life in Hawaii. I'm still waiting after 8 years here an actual racist comment or action in person.
granted there are racist people in Hawaii, but they tend to be a minority, and the ones that openly racist in your face is an even smaller minority.


generally speaking, people are judged by their actions. If their actions aren't respectful, and they're being a prick, they will probably get called out on it. At which point, they'll cry on the internet how the mean brown people picked on them because they're haole
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