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Hawaiian and East-Asian New Year Traditions

Main Piece: Subject: So… the first thing I can think of is- I think it’s broadly East-Asian Japanese at least in Hawaii- but on New Year’s Eve up until New Year’s, aside from cleaning the house and leaving the door open to welcome the New Year, you also light fireworks to scare away any bad… Continue Reading »

The Peach Boy in Hawaii

Main Piece Informant: “A story that I heard a lot growing up was about this boy who was born from a peach. They called him Momotarō. He was considered a blessing to this older couple, who had not been able to have kids, but had always acted humble and hardworking. They got the child as… Continue Reading »

Shaka Hand Signs

Main Piece Shortly after the informant’s winter recess ended and her spring semester began, she made several remarks on how Hawaiian habits with regard to traffic and pedestrian behavior were different and even more relaxed than Californian relations on the road. Informant: “In Hawaii, most people do not wave at the cars like I remember… Continue Reading »

Kalo Farming and Menstruation Superstition

Main Text Subject: There was a superstition. Um…that, like, while we were helping with the kalo fields. Was that, um, anyone, anyone who is menstruating at the moment, couldn’t help. Um…basically like, plow the fields or whatever. Because like, native Hawaiians, they didn’t have as like, strong, as like…um…like gender binary, misogynistic, like, beliefs. But…more… Continue Reading »

The Menahune Men

Context: The subject is a 19 year old student at USC, her ancestors are Hawaiian and has grown up hearing different stories about Hawaiian culture and old folktales. I asked her to coffee to discuss such things. Piece: Interviewer: “So what’s the first piece of Hawaiian folklore that jumps to your mind?” Subject: “The Menehune… Continue Reading »