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01/12/2015 04:00 am ET

3 Myths About Native Hawaiians You Ought To Know Before Visiting Paradise

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When I tell people that I used to live and teach in Hawaii, I always need to brace myself for the responses. And by responses, I mean deeply problematic stereotypes.

Chances are that you, reader, might be traveling to Hawaii for a vacation or honeymoon in the near future — and lucky you! Hawaii is amazing.

But Hawaii is also an actual residence for people (and a specific group of peoples), and it’s important for us to recognize the harmful stereotypes we often perpetuate when we talk about Hawaii.

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