Throughout my studies here at the University of Redlands, I have met many people from Hawaii. There are two girls from Hawaii on the tennis team, I know a couple more girls that graduated last year and I have met many other people in the dorms and in my classes. All the students from Hawaii are very nice. They all seem to be living one day at a time. I am sure that school stresses everyone out here at the University, however, the ones from Hawaii know that nothing good comes from stressing out too much. However, in School for Hawaiian Girls, all the characters in this book have sad and depressing attidudes but at Redlands, they seem to be very relaxed and always happy. Why is this? What is it about the students from Hawaii that stereotypes their personalities at the University of Redlands?
On the tennis team, the girls have very good sportsmanship. They do not complain, and they get along with everyone. However, I have noticed that Moani doesn't get along with everyone she meets. She has a hard time accepting Dixie in the family, she wonders why her family won't tell her about Lydie, and she sometimes argues with Pu. This shows that people from Hawaii have changed their attitudes and perspective on things over time, since they are friends with all the students at Redlands.
Here at school, the Hawaiians live in the present moment. They seem like they do not dwell on past or future events. Sam has never let Lydie;s death come to pass while Moani is always searching for ways to find the best career job for her. Moani wants to keep a job that will help Pu and her financially. She doesn't know much about her family, so all she can do is do the best for Pu. From all these stresses in School for Hawaiian Girls, the characters become depressed.
In conclusion, why are the students in both times so different? In my reasoning, I believe that the time era is a big factor. School in the 20's was more strict than school nowadays. Education required very little of the teachers and the students in Hawaii but because of their culture, the schools wanted the students to do the best they could even if that meant torturing their own identity. Here at Redlands, school is still very strict but the students from Hawaii take control of their own lives. It could be due to the reason that society has changed since then or it could be due to the reason that Hawaiians were "Americanized" and moved to the states. As they moved to places such as California, they knew all they can do was to act and live in the best way that they could be accepted. I believe that this has continued to reach the generation of students at the University of Redlands and hopefully, more cultures will realize that they can also succeed at major ivy-league schools.