A Fraction of National Belonging: “Hybrid Hawaiians,” Blood Quantum, and the Ongoing Search for Purity

  • J. Kēhaulani Kauanui


She is just the type of child some folks desperately wish I would bring into this world. Why? Because she is classified genuine “50 percent blooded” Hawaiian. This is how some talk about it. Never mind that the other “half” is Chinese; they could care less about the other racial makeup. She could be Puerto Rican, Filipino, Portuguese, White, or Japanese. What counts here, in some minds, is her Hawaiian “blood.” This reproductive description—indeed, this reproductive prescription— is not limited to me as a light skinned “less than 50 percent” Hawaiian per se; a 50 percent blood quantum rule continues to define “native Hawaiian” in state policy (see figure 8.1).


Body Politic Interracial Marriage Peabody Museum Land Leasing Racial Makeup 
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