HAWAII’S “CHINAMAN’S HAT” TO BE RENAMED “PINOY SALAKOT”

Mokoli'i
Mokoli’i

HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Hawaii’s state legislature today unanimously approved a bill renaming the famed “Chinaman’s Hat” on Oahu to “Pinoy  Salakot.” The measure is expected to be immediately signed by Governor David Ige.

“Chinaman’s Hat” or Mokoliʻi, is a 12.5-acre basalt islet in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaii. Mokoliʻi is part of Kualoa Regional Park and located 1⁄3 mile  offshore of Kualoa Point, Oahu.

Many Asian American groups have long protested the use of the name “Chinaman’s Hat” because it is a derogatory term that used to refer to Chinese railroad workers in America.

After years of searching for a replacement name, the state legislature finally found one that is most appropriate and is not derogatory.  In fact, it is a term that elicits great pride among Filipinos, especially those living on the islands.

Henceforth, the island will be named “Pinoy Salakot.”image

“Salakot” is an indigenous wide-brimmed conical  hat used by Filipinos for centuries and even up to this day. It comes in different variations and is usually made from rattan or dried leaves of local trees.

The “salakot” closely resembles Mokoli’i.

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