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16 Things People From Hawai'i Wish Mainlanders Would Stop

A few things about being from Hawai'i that need some clearing up...

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6. The difference between "Hawaiian shaved ice" and real shave ice.

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It's shave ice, not shaveD ice. If you want to really experience shave ice, put ice cream and adzuki beans on the bottom. Taking it to a whole 'nother level!


9. Assuming everyone went to Punahou High School.

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There are quite a few high schools. Just because Punahou is the only one you've heard of, does not mean everyone went there. And on that note, no, not all people from Hawai'i know President Obama.


13. Assuming all people from Hawai'i are surfers.

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False! OK, there are a lot of surfers, but it’s not for everyone. Is everyone from Texas a cowboy? No! So stop asking.

14. Thinking every day is perfect and sunny.

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How do you think it stays so green? Where do rainbows come from? How are there so many waterfalls? The answer is rain. We may not have seasons like every other state, but we definitely have a rainy season.

16. Thinking Hawai'i is just a vacation destination.

Jenna Williams

Hawai'i is more than just a destination. It's home. Anyone from the islands will tell you, home is where the heart is. And my heart is in Hawai'i.

Chee hoo!


In a previous version of this post, I referred to people from Hawai'i as Hawaiians. Being from Hawai'i, I know this and should have specified. Whoops! All fixed! :)