A couple of thoughts.
Professionally I was taught to speak in a manner that the target audience understands or at their level of acceptance coming from a perceived outsider. Place yourself on level ground so to speak with your choice of words, but not necessarily mimicking the local dialect. Take care that you do not talk above the target audience with words that are not in general usage within that target group as that may come across as condescending or make the audience feel inept and cause offense. Also do not attempt to mimic the tonality or inflection of the slang either as that can be equally offensive if not done well. There is a balance here and it is tricky. We know this as a simple example of people from the mainland speaking pidgeon. It depends on the delivery, some pull it off, most don't.
I didn’t know that. Thanks for enlightening me.
I do know that pidgin is discouraged in school. At least that what I have been told. Let me know if I am misinformed. I have always thought that Hawaiian was taught and encouraged so I am obviously thought wrong all these years.
Hawaiian language, dress, and cultural practices were highly shunned. Take away language and that is the first step and best way to begin to defeat a people. I am Native Hawaiian. My company is Native Hawaiian. I have Homestead in my name. I was a military kid, and while I spent every summer living on homestead I went to school on the mainland. I relate far more as a Hawaiian than anything else. I am not fluent in Hawaiian but I have a much greater understanding of the language that most, and while I understand all forms of pideon on local dialects, I don't normally speak that way.
Having said that, my son is 100% born and raised on homestead. He attends Kamehameha Kapalama, but you will hear very little pidgeon at Kamehameha and to my dismay, Kamehameha has IMO willfully neglected to dedicate enough time towards native Hawaiian studies. I have been forefront about this for quite some time with the school and things are changing, but to my frustration change has been much slower than I feel is appropriate.