Kill Haole Day
Kill Haole Day is an annual event that some people claim occurs in some of Hawaiʻi's schools. On the last day of school before summer vacation, non-white students are said to harass and sometimes attack white students.
In his 2009 book, lawyer and former Hawaiʻi governor Ben Cayetano wrote that "Kill Haole Day" began as a news story headline about an incident between haole and local (not just Hawaiian) students. After that, "whenever there was a fight or an incident between haole and non-haole students, the news media, particularly the newspapers with their haole-dominated editorial boards, repeatedly reprised 'Kill Haole Day' in their news stories – as if it were a Hawaiian tradition."
Newspaper columnist Lee Cataluna wrote in 2010, "In terms of actual, first-person, eyewitness accounts of Kill Haole Day, no one had any [incidents] that happened in the last three decades. Not one teacher, not one police officer, not one victim or perpetrator."
Haole (/ˈhaʊliː/; Hawaiian [ˈhɔule]), in the Hawaiian language, is a slur generally used to refer to an individual that fits one (or more) of the following: "White person, American, Englishman, Caucasian; American, English; formerly, any foreigner; foreign, introduced, of foreign origin, as plants, pigs, chickens." The origins of the word predate the 1778 arrival of Captain James Cook (which is the generally accepted date of first contact with Westerners), as recorded in several chants stemming from antiquity. Its use historically has ranged from descriptive to race invective.
- Hate crime laws in the United States
- Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007
- Beat Up a White Kid Day
- Community Relations Commission. New community (Great Britain) 7–8: 267. ISSN 0047-9586. OCLC 615546790. "My students talked of the High Schools' 'Kill Haole Day' when a day in the school year was dedicated to roughing up the whites."
- Cayetano, Ben. Ben: A Memoir, From Street Kid to Governor (Watermark, 2009), p. 531
- "‘Kill haole day’ linked to hate-crime bill".
- Catalune, Lee (November 23, 2010). "Responses refute existence of any recent 'Kill Haole Day'". Honolulu Advertiser.
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