Kill Haole Day

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Kill Haole Day is an annual event that has occurred in some Hawaiian schools. On the last day of school before summer vacation, non-white students are said to harass and sometimes attack white students.[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."[citation needed]

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.[5]

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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. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center,. "Hawaii Suffering From Racial Prejudice".