Aloha, Mahalo, Haiku, Racism

September 18, 2009 · 4 comments

I am sitting on the balcony of my hotel in Waikiki and I can’t believe I’m getting paid to be here. I was fortunate enough to get to stay a day in Hawaii in between connecting flights on my way to the Marshall Islands. As I got to my hotel room, I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so awesome, check out the view from my balcony.

Now I knew there was a large asian population in Hawaii, but I’m not gonna lie and say I wasn’t surprised at their shear dominance. I grew up in a predominately white neighborhood and went to a super white private college. Needless to say, I have absolutely no cultural diversity.

I saw a Japanese couple yesterday attempting to take a picture of themselves on the beach, so I kindly approached and asked if they would like me to take the picture for them. They handed me their camera and I took off running. Okay no I didn’t, but part of me thought it would be really funny if I did that. I snapped their picture, and as I was handing back the woman’s camera I may have pulled a quasi-racist move.

As she said “Thank you”, in broken English, I bowed and said your welcome. WTF!? I never bow to anyone, so what compelled me to bow to this woman? Simply the fact that she was Japanese. Mid-bow, I realized what I was doing and was scared I was going to offend her. Instead she gave me a giant bow back and we went on our merry little ways. Turns out, bowing to a Japense person isn’t that racist…at least I don’t think it is. To further show the Asian persuasion in Hawaii, take a look at this subway menu I came across.

To celebrate my new found appreciation for the Japanese, and in a desparate attempt to relate this article to personal finance, I leave you all with three Ninja-style personal finance haiku’s.

Me happy ninja
Typing on my balcony
Love the epic view

Money Money Cash
Money Dollar Money Cash
Money Booya Cash

Do you save money?
It’s time you probably should
Don’t be a douche bag

Now it’s your turn bloggers to prove you love Japanese people and to celebrate life, happiness, and personal finance with a little haiku action. Don’t be a racist, hop in on the fun. I love you guys and I’ll be hollaring at your from a tiny freakin’ island from now on.