When I tell people that I used to live and teach in Hawaii, I always need to brace myself for the responses. And by responses, I mean deeply problematic stereotypes.
Chances are that you, reader, might be traveling to Hawaii for a vacation or honeymoon in the near future — and lucky you! Hawaii is amazing.
But Hawaii is also an actual residence for people (and a specific group of peoples), and it’s important for us to recognize the harmful stereotypes we often perpetuate when we talk about Hawaii.