Thesis Title & Abstract

Hoʻomau: The perpetuation of Hawaiian Culture in Southern California

Research pertaining to diasporic Native Hawaiians living outside of Hawaiʻi is fairly sparse, particularly in the realm of cultural preservation and dissemination.  With almost the majority of Native Hawaiians living outside of the ancestral homeland, retaining and perpetuating cultural practices becomes increasingly important.  By using a framework which focuses on five different elements: Cultural Associations, Information Resources, Media Resources, Education and the Arts, and Informal Channels of Communication, this study presents an overview of how Hawaiian culture is preserved and maintained by the endogenous Hawaiian community in the California cities of Carson, Gardena, and Torrance.  The study suggests that Hawaiians have adapted cultural traditions and practices to life on the continent and have created a symbiotic culture which integrates mainstream society with traditional Hawaiian culture.

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