Growing up on an island where almost everyone is a mix of races forces you to be more tolerant, to try and find common ground. I have always thought the world would be a better place if there was more kamaaina spirit across the globe. Sure, you still make fun of other ethnic groups, but everyone eats everyone else's food and takes the best parts of each culture as their own. Perfect.
There is a great New York Times article that breaks down the multi-racial background of both the President and the First Lady and shows what a patchwork of ethnicities and faiths they come from. I find that incredibly inspiring. The melting pot is actually in the White House!