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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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