Identity Struggles: One Hawaiian African-American Family Story


Hawai‘i is often referred to as one of the most racially-diverse states in the union, a melting pot of humanity. But some combinations in the pot are rarer than others – like African-American Native Hawaiians, whose ancestors on both sides have struggled with identity through history. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Every Sunday after church, members of the Lynch family meet at Grandma Mildred’s house in Wai‘anae. The women are sitting around the table catching up on the latest in family updates. The men are manning the barbeque. And the kids are playing basketball in the driveway.

“Our family, so if you look at our entire family we have every shade from light to dark,” says…

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