Kill Haole Day

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Kill Haole Day
Date The second to last day of school (May or June)
Location Hawaii

Kill Haole Day is the term for bullying incidents that occurred in some Hawaii schools, when non-white students would harass and attack white students. The incidents saw their height in the late 1970s.[1]

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", and newspaper editorial boards, "repeatedly reprised 'Kill Haole Day' in their news stories".[2]

In 1999, School Superintendent Paul LeMahieu said he was aware of "kill haole day" but not aware of any recent incidents. Also, in 1999, it became an issue for hate crimes legislation.[3]

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."[4]

On December 31, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education released a report that concluded there was "substantial evidence that students experienced racially and sexually derogatory name-calling on nearly a daily basis on school buses, at school bus stops, in school hallways and other areas of the school".[5]

The report also concluded that school officials responded inadequately or not at all when students complained of racial harassment. Students who did complain were retaliated against by their antagonists.[6]

While the reports conclude that bullying occurs regularly in Hawaii schools, they do not confirm the tradition of "Kill Haole Day" being actively practiced.

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  1. ^ Community Relations Commission. "Kill Haole Day". New community. 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.
  2. ^ Cayetano, Ben. Ben: A Memoir, From Street Kid to Governor (Watermark, 2009), p. 531
  3. ^ "'Kill haole day' linked to hate-crime bill".
  4. ^ Catalune, Lee (November 23, 2010). "Responses refute existence of any recent 'Kill Haole Day'". Honolulu Advertiser.
  5. ^ United States Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights. "OCR Reference No 10051060" (PDF).
  6. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center,. "Hawaii Suffering From Racial Prejudice".