Confused? You shouldn’t be.
If you’re from New York, you’re a New Yorker. From California? Californian. Hawaii? Hawaiia… stop right there.
Want to immediately out yourself as a “mainland”? (not that there’s anything wrong with being a mainlander…) Call every minority from Hawaii a “Hawaiian”. Not that I don’t want to be Hawaiian. In fact, it’s pretty cool to be Hawaiian (Can you say Kamehameha! Imua!). However, in Hawaii, you only refer to people as “Hawaiian” if they are descendants from the indigenous people of the islands.
Now that you know us locals’ secret to identifying mainlanders, quit saying “aloha”, grab that Spam musubi and go mingle with the natives. Shoots!