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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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1. Thinking Hawai'i isn't part of the "real" United States.

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When you say, "back in the states," you realize Hawai'i has been the 50th state since Aug. 21, 1959, right?? You do not need a passport.

2. Thinking that everyone speaks Hawaiian and not English.

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Yes, Hawaiian is a language, but everyone speaks English. So no need to buy Rosetta Stone: Hawaiian Edition.

4. Assuming everyone is Asian.

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Hawaii is a melting pot of all different ethnicities. 1 + 2 does not = Asian. According to a 2014 census, only 37.5% of Hawai'i is Asian.

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!

8. Assuming everyone from Hawai'i knows each other.

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If you throw out a name, chances are we won’t know your other friend who is also from Hawai’i.

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.

12. Thinking putting pineapple on your food makes it Hawaiian.

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Hawaiian pizza? Pineapple on burgers? I mean, we will eat it, but that doesn't make it Hawaiian.

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.

15. Assuming all people from Hawai'i are full of aloha, all the time.

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When you are visiting and driving 10mph in your convertible, we are not going to be happy about it.

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!

UPDATE

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! :)

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