Hawaii is like no other state in America having a large native population
not restricted to a reservation that still has links to it's colonial past through a shared common memory
handed down by their elders. Issues revolving around compensation,
homesteading and cultural identity are still being resolved with quite
dignity while they welcome an often jarring but necessary tourist industry.
The last point is something that's always a struggle between a desire for a native culture that is modern but preserves an understanding and appreciation for the past and the need for jobs. The importance of passing down to their children what it means to be Hawaiian.
Yes there are areas in Hawaii where tourists are not welcome and overt
confrontations against mainlanders can occur but these can be minimized by
observing local customs and respecting people's privacy. Hawaiians are an incredibly warm people with a
distinct view of life that has much to offer the harried traveler. You
donít need to be a professional travel agent, just be willing to spend some
time up front. Planning a few different activities does not mean that you
have to be a total slave to a master plan but a little planning can provide a focus for your
trip. Each island is distinct from the other. The oldest and northernmost island, Kauai is graced with dramatic, natural beauty with outdoor activities such as camping and hiking especially popular. With almost half of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past.