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Hawaiian Creole.

Hawaiian Creole, inaccurately called Hawaiian Pidgin English, or simply Pidgin, is based on English and a number of other languages spoken in Hawaii. It is not the same language as Hawaiian, an Austronesian language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of the islands. Hawaiian Creole is spoken by Hawaiian-born residents on all Hawaiian islands as well as on the U.S. mainland.

Hawaiian Creole grew out of the Pidgin Hawaiian originally used as a common language in the sugar and pineapple plantations by workers who came from a variety of language backgrounds. As a result, it was influenced by many languages, including English, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, Ilocano, Korean, Okinawan, and Japanese. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Hawaiian Pidgin spread from the plantations into urban areas and became the primary means of communication among different ethnic groups. Public school children learned it from their classmates, and eventually it became the primary language of most people in Hawaii, replacing their original languages. For this reason, linguists consider Hawaiian Pidgin to be a creole language.

Fascinating facts about Hawaii

Only persons with Hawaiian ancestry are regarded to be Hawaiians.
Even if you’re born and brought up in Hawaii, you’re not regarded to be a real Hawaiian unless you’ve ancestry in your family. People who don’t come from the Hawaiian ancestry, even if they were evidently born and raised in the state, identified to themselves as natives.

The Source of the word ‘Hawaii’.
The word ‘Hawaii’ came from the Proto-Polynesian ‘hawaiki’, that means ‘Homeland’ or ‘Place of the Gods.’

Native Hawaiian are the only people in the United States who grows vanilla and coffee (Kona Coffee).

The Hawaii’s people consume the highest SPAM per capita in the US. A common snack among natives is SPAM Musubi.

It’s impolite to refer to the locals as ‘Hawaiians’ or ‘natives’. Only individuals with Hawaiian ancestry can legally be referred to as “Hawaiians.” Those of non-Hawaiian ancestry are just referred to as ‘locals’, even if they were born and brought up in Hawaii.

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The Gold Dragon Caper. A Damien Dickens Mystery

“I slid behind the wheel and thought about our situation. About our lives. Our future. Last summer, Turpin had tightened the thumbscrews by filing complaints against me with the New Jersey licensing board. He claimed I had threatened him, and had vandalized his office. That I had tried to run his car off the road. All lies, of course, but it made no difference. Four of the five members of the board owed their positions to his influence. Despite Gus’s best efforts on my behalf, the board found against me, suspending my Private Investigator license for six months. Although Millie’s license was untouched, at least for now, it wasn’t enough to salvage our reputation or our business. We were down to just one steady client and the occasional walk-in. Even Gus had been forced to switch to another detective agency, out of concern that my involvement on behalf of his clients would prejudice their cases.

Reaching into my hip pocket for my billfold, I slid my PI license out of its compartment, and stared at the word ‘SUSPENDED’ stamped diagonally across it in red ink. The suspension was due to be lifted in a couple of days, but I wasn’t hopeful. Turpin would find a way to have it extended. Again, I heard the voice from my nightmare – Turpin’s voice – echoing inside my skull, mocking me, “I warned you,” the voice repeated. “I promised you’d be sorry.”

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