Kill Haole Day
In some of Hawaiʻi's schools, the last day of school before summer is reputedly known as Kill Haole Day. On Kill Haole Day, school children harass and sometimes assault white children. The origins of the day are unknown, but the tradition dates back to the 1950s.
In the Hawaiian language, haole means "foreign" or "foreigner". The word predates 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. Haole, in its current definition, first became associated with the children of Caucasian immigrants in the early 1820s. It unified the self-identity of these Hawaiʻi-born children whose parents were as culturally different as the children were similar. For Haole children whose first language was Hawaiian, their parents were generally either religious missionaries or secular businessmen, and hailed from both Europe and North America, not necessarily speaking a common dialect or even language. Over the years, "Haole" became an expression of contempt. Though its first usage described members of a socioeconomic class, it added a racial component, erroneously replacing "malihini" (newcomer) in addressing first generation Hawaiians originally from the continental U.S. Today it is applied to any Caucasian, or to those who think or behave in a "foreign" manner. In current application, Haole can be used either descriptively or as a racial slur (often, if not generally, preceded by an obscene invective).
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 local 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."
See also 
- 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."
- Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Hoyt Elbert (2003). "lookup of Haole ". in Hawaiian Dictionary. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library, University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- 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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