I was adopted as a baby by a couple I would grow up to call “Mom and Dad”. Being an only child allowed my family to travel as much as we have, plus my dad’s brother had married a world-class Hula dancer and lives in Kailua-Kona with her. My adoptive parents are both of German and Polish decent. I however, am Half-Mexican and mixed European. I have very dark brown hair, brown eyes, and tanner skin compared to my parents.
I’ve been to Hawaii six times so far (as of February 20th 2015), and when I was younger there were a couple of incidents where I was mistaken for being a local. According to my parents, it happened more often than I could remember. What would happen is, a local would come up to my parents and ask if I was really their daughter. When I was a little older (Between 5-8 years old), there were a couple of times where a local would come up to make as ask if those haoles were my parents. (Haole = Caucasian person) At the time, it was confusing for me. I didn’t understand why people would ask me if my parents were really my parents. I did, however, understand that I looked different from my parents. According to my parents again, when I was about five I said I liked Hawaii because people look like me. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States, and I hadn’t really encountered people who “looked like me”. Green Bay has really diversified since then, which I’m very happy about.
Nowadays, I still get mistaken for a local. I don’t get asked about my parents anymore, but sometimes caucasian tourists will ask me where something is or how to get somewhere. I actually find it very flattering when I’m mistaken as a local now. It makes me feel like I belong there. Anyway, that’s all I have for today’s post. Happy travels!
COMMENT CHALLENGE: Let me know down in the comments below if you have ever been mistaken for a local!