Based on a critical essay by Binyavanga Wainaina on the treatment of Africa and Africans in popular works, this essay is an exploration of the similar struggles Hawai'i and Hawaiians face. It provides a satirical examination of the whitewashing and ignorance of traditional Pacific Islanders by dominant white culture. The piece seeks to inspire a greater understanding of the complexity of Hawaiian culture as well as the damage caused by the diminishment of true Hawaiians represented in popular culture. The aim of this piece is, ultimately, to encourage thought and conversation regarding the treatment of people of color by dominant cultures in media and elements of fashionable consumption.
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