Los Angeles is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. Due to opportunities in the entertainment and aerospace industries, as well as easy access to the city’s busy ports, Los Angeles remains an attractive destination for people from around the world. Since the 1960s, Native Hawaiian families have taken part in this migration to Los Angeles, bringing their unique culture as well as heartbreaking stories of loss of their ancestral homeland. Approximately 8,500 Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders currently live within the city of Los Angeles and continue to retain a great pride for their ancestors and the contributions that have made them who they are today.
About the Author
Coauthors Elizabeth “Nani” Nihipali, Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo, Christian Hanz Lozada, Cheryl Villareal Roberts, and Lorelie Santonil Olaes, all South Bay residents, have come together to share the vibrant history and continuing story of Native Hawaiians in Los Angeles. Nihipali’s family has been an intrinsic part of various L.A. communities. Roberts’s expertise in demographics, marketing, and public service led to interactions with Hawaiian businesses. As a former Carson councilmember, Olaes witnessed the Hawaiian community’s participation in politics. Pelayo and Lozada focus their research on mixed-race and Hawaiian studies.
Table of Contents
1 Bringing Ohana to the Continent: Why Hawaiians Came 11
2 Okage Sama De: Locals on the Continent 43
3 As Aina Grows: The Following Generations and Their Culture 57
4 Teaching Kokua: Civic Clubs 83
5 Spreading Aloha: Halau 99
6 Perpetuating the Culture: Hawaiians Now 115