by Judy Rohrer
University of Hawai‘i Press, 2010
Haoles in Hawai’i strives to make sense of the term “haole” (Hawaiian for “white person”) and “the politics of haole” in current debates about race in Hawai’i. Recognizing it as a form of American whiteness specific to Hawai’i, the author (who grew up in Kaua’i and O’ahu) argues that haole was forged and reforged over two centuries of colonization and needs to be understood in that context. Haole reminds us that race is about more than skin color as it identifies a certain amalgamation of attitude and behavior that is at odds with Hawaiian and local values and social norms. By situating haole historically and politically, the author asks readers to think about ongoing processes of colonization and possibilities for reformulating the meaning of haole. (Publisher’s decription)
Judy Rohrer grew up in Hawai’i and received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawai’i in 2005. She has published writings on race and colonization in Hawai’i, gay marriage, disability studies, and citizenship in Racial and Ethnic Studies, Borderlands, Feminist Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, and American Quarterly.