Hawaiian culture versus tiki subculture
The above comment gave me pause and made me reflect on the purpose of this blog.
When cultures collide, there are casualties and chaos and creative combinations of both cultures in search of common ground.
Indigenous cultures have suffered and continue to suffer greatly from the legacy of European and American colonization.
Native islanders were forced by missionaries to cease outward expression of their own culture, including spiritual beliefs, songs, language and legends. But they persevered and preserved.
I am not Hawaiian. But I love Hawaiian culture as I love all cultures. Culture is what sets us apart, and what makes us stronger together.
My “tiki” hobby and the tiki bar subculture is not to be confused with Hawaiian culture. It is a fantasy world just like comic books or video games. It is an idealized vision. Fiction. Escapism.
I do not see it as a conflict to love and respect the beauty of Hawaiian culture while having fun with tiki subculture.
I know the two are separate and distinct.
Yes, America loves hula girl dolls from Hawaii and leprechauns and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day.
But there are also less commercial constructs that come out of colliding cultures.
Like living aloha.
I hope that this blog can help people to appreciate the wonderful world of all cultures and the natural beauty that weaves us together, and to embrace the fantasy world, too
Keep dreaming of paradise, and believe in “make believe.”