Monday, October 12, 2009

Reader Letter--Hawaiian Kisses

Rescued from the SPAM Folder: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 3:37 AM

Aloha Frances,

I saw an article you wrote on line back in March of this year. I was wondering if I could ask you about this Hawaiian kiss. I just moved to Oahu the end of September. I am a women who's currently working on a construction job site at the marine base in Kaneohe Bay, HI. I really love being here but a lot of men when I go to shake their hand also kiss me on the cheek. Growing up in the mainland, I'm completely not used to this. Could you tell me what I'm supposed to be doing while they kiss my cheek? Am I supposed to be kissing their cheek too? It feels so awkward and I don't want to make the people I meet feel awkward. Any advice you give me will be helpful. Much Muhalo.

Sincerely,
KS

ANSWER:
Yes, you kiss back! :) if not the cheek, then at least the air next to the cheek. Don't worry, you get used to it, and then it becomes fun!
Frances

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