Native Hawaiian Personality

Alyson Burns-Glover, Laurie D. McCubbin

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The unique role that history, geography, and culture play in the content and process of Native Hawaiian self and personality are reviewed. Native Hawaiian personality cannot be understood as a collection of traits, but rather a complex system of relationships. An ecological framework is applied to the important constituent properties of Native Hawaiians’ sense of self and well-being: family (‘ohana); land (‘aina), and spirituality. Emerging research on geography and personality traits are applied to indigenous identity and personality frameworks. The need for more Native Hawaiian researchers, disaggregated samples, and cultural-assets based models of Native Hawaiian personality are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume IV: Clinical, Applied, and Cross-Cultural Research
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781119547181
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • Geographical personality
  • Indigenous psychology
  • Relational self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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