Travel: Oahu


Hawaii Day 2:

Pearl Harbor is a really interesting place. You can still see drips of oil coming to the surface from the ship underwater. There were so many Japanese soldiers and tourists at Pearl Harbor, which was odd. I was curious what they thought about the place. Especially since the lessons and film clips made the Japanese look like crazy people. Would you go there and be like, oh this is what led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki...neat. We also walked around on the USS Missouri ship, through the maze-like hallways where hundreds of people in the Navy would sleep and live. That evening, we went to a luau where Nathan saw his first sunset on the beach! We watched people pull a cooked pig out of the ground, we ate poi (gross) and saw drunk people get on the stage to dance with the hula dancers. 

Before the luau started, there was a group of Hawaiians fishing, I'm guessing with their hands since they just had a bucket (?) The fish in the bucket were huge. One guy flashed the fish at me so I would take a photo of him, ha. I enjoy the touristy-part of trips but I think I like the laid-back activities more. It seems weird that us white people would pay the Hawaiians to make a show of their culture for us. 

A little bit of history:

Hawaii didn't become part of the U.S. until 1959, which is super recent. That means Hawaii wasn't a state when my grandparents were kids. Hawaii was already super established as an independent island with huge respect for nature, their culture, and sustainability. As missionaries came over, they saw Hawaii as an opportunity to make money with its amazing climate for growing fruits like pineapple, etc. James Dole came over as a missionary and I guess he figured it was more worthwhile to take advantage of people and make a business for himself on Hawaiian land than to be an actual missionary. There's a term for white people in Hawaii called 'Haole' that means 'no breath.' I totally understand why there's a general distaste for foreign white people- we took their history away from them.