Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i

Paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara explore the artists’ mixed-heritage roots in Okinawa and Hawai‘i, employing unique strategies that blend fiction and reality to question the stability of memory and identity. In this video, they discuss their families, identity, and their art.

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The term “Hapa”

is a Hawaiian term meaning mixed race. It comes from Hawaiian Pidgin English, derived from the English word “half”.

There are at least three meanings in common use:


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July Flashback: Kelly Hu (Hawaiian, Chinese, English) [American]

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Known as: Film & TV Actress and Former Fashion model (Miss Teen USA 1985; Miss Hawaii USA 1993)

Movies: “The Scorpion King”, “X2″, “Cradle 2 the Grave”

TV: “Martial Law”, “Nash Bridges”, “Sunset Beach”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Warehouse 13″, “In Case of Emergency”, “CSI:NY”

Voice Work: Voice of Stacy in “Phineas and Ferb”, Sha Shan Nguyen in “The Spectacular Spider-Man”, Numerous voices in “Robot Chicken”

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Karlee Perez (aka Maxine) (Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Chinese, Hawaiian) [American]

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Known as: Professional Model & Former Professional Wrestler and Valet (Was known in the WWE as “Maxine”)

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Mixed People Monday – Shannyn Sossamon

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The actress, who has appeared in A Knight’s Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights,  Road to Nowhere and had a starring role on the CBS supernatural drama, Moonlight, is very mixed. She is French, Hawaiian, D…

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Mixed Couples – Lewis Hamilton & Nicole Sherzinger

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Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton (Mclaren Mercedes team, ok I am a huge F1 fan and Hamilton is my favorite) has been romantically linked to singer Nicole Sherzinger for some time now. Both are actually mixed. The British Hamilton’s Mom is white and father is black and Sherzinger has a Filipino father and a mother who is half Hawai’in and half Russian.
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Flashback Thursday: Lou Diamond Phillips (Scotch-Irish, Hawaiian, Native American (Cherokee), Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese) [American (Born in the Philippines)]

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Known as: Award Winning Film, TV and Theater Actor

Movies: “La Bamba”, “Stand and Deliver”, “Courage Under Fire”, “Young Guns”, “The Big Hit”, “Filly Brown”, “Che: Part Two”

TV: “24”, “Numb3rs”, “Stargate Universe”, “Longmire”, “Wolf Lake”, “The Triangle”

Theatre: “The King and I”, “Camelot”
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David Strathairn(Scottish, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, Portuguese, English) [American]

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Known as: Oscar Nominated Film, TV & Theatre Actor (Nomimated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck”)

Movies: “Good Night, and Good Luck”, “Lincoln”, “Bourne Ultimatum”, “The Bourne Legacy”, “A League of Their Own”, “L.A. Confidential”, “The Firm”, “Sneakers”, “We Are Marshall”, “Eight Men Out”, “The Uninvited”, “Dolores Claiborne”, “The Whistleblower”, “The Spiderwick Chronicles”, “My Blueberry Nights”, “Fracture”

TV: “Alphas”, “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”, “Big Apple”, “The Sopranos”

Theatre: “The Heiress”, “Salome”, “Dance of Death”, “The Three Sisters”
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