I was born and raised in Hawaii. I am not Hawaiian by blood. My parents were both immigrants to the United States of America. My father being born in Panama, next to the canal, which also has "history" with the U.S.. My mother was born in the Phillipines and came to Hawaii by way of marriage in the 70's. My father, who came to the U.S. through his american father, became homeless at one time and decided to join the U.S. Navy. He met my mother at the Y.M.C.A in Hawaii. They both resided at the Y, which was a typical place for young men. Long story short, this is how I came to be "hawaiian". When people point out that I am Hawaiian because I am FROM Hawaii, I make sure they understand that there is a culture and a native race that is Hawaiian. I am now a Californian, just like I was a Virginian just last year. Actual Hawaiians are still fighting for sovereignty. I support their fight, and hope that my mother and father would still be able to live out their lives there. They LOVE it there and it is home for them.
In related Hawaiian issues, this was recently brought to light and many still don't quite understand the impact of what the WEALTHY will do to cultures and families. While I was in DC, I saw area's in the city being gentrified. It made me think of Hawaii and what was happening there. I tried to explain it as best I could, but I think AJ+ did it better than I did.