Examining and Promoting the Conditions and Lives of Native Hawaiian in California

Mitchell Chang

The purpose of this study is to understand the creation and context of Native Hawaiian socioeconomic, health, and educational conditions in California and to use this knowledge to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians. Many Native Hawaiians chose to leave their homeland to improve their economic circumstances but this type of migration is often overlooked because Native Hawaiians do not technically cross international borders. However, spatial, historical, and cultural distance between Hawai‘i and the continental U.S., create a set of circumstances suggesting that their experiences are similar to those migrating from developing countries to the U.S. Some indicators suggest that after relocating to California, Native Hawaiians still do not do any better than their counterparts in Hawai‘i. If so, to what extent are these patterns due to oppressive historical circumstances transported from heir homeland? In examining this question, we plan to work with Empower Pacific Islanders Communities, a 501c3 organization in Los Angeles, to investigate the root causes and interconnectedness of economic, health, and educational disenfranchisement within the Native Hawaiian population in California. In collaboration with them, we will present findings and community solutions to federal, state, and local policymakers, including members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and Los Angeles Community College District.


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