Almost half of all marriages are between couples of

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population of Hawaii is a blend of these cultures. “...almost half of all marriages are between couples of different or mixed ethnicities-- the number of people who will be able to call themselves pure Japanese, or pure Hawaiian, or pure White will steadily decline” (Olson 301). Olsen is scared that soon, the pure Native Hawaiian race will die out, taking its culture with it.
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Jewett 2 After generations of intermarriages, it will be harder to keep track of all the ethnicities in a bloodline. A flyer at Kittles’ event states, “You can’t know where you are headed if you don’t know where you are from” (qtd. Nelson 36). If Hawaiians lose track of their ethnicities, then it will be impossible to pass on the knowledge to their offspring or the opportunity of being labeled from that country. Although the labels of race are dying out, Hawaii is flourishing with unique cultures. Because of the intermarriages, separate cultures are blended. When these cultures are blended, it makes a “new culture” unique to the family. Some bits and pieces of one culture might be taken out and replaced with their partners. An example of these “blending of cultures” is the plantation camps in the 1940’s. “Kids from all different nationalities played together in these camps” (Olson 305). Cultures began to mix at the camps because kids just want to play. The kids began introducing parts of their culture to their friends. “The German kids taught the other kids to polka
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  • The Culture, Ethnic group, Steve Olson

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