Hawaii is not unlike Ireland.(Not surprising as most people share the same thing called human nature.)<quoted text>
And youíre probably right. Once that English only train gets started itís hard to stop. Funny thing is itís generally the states where you canít understand a word they say.
In Ireland there are pockets of population that speak primarily Gaelic but almost everyone knows English. Gaelic is the second official language of Ireland and students must study it to graduate high school. Most understand Gaelic as well as the typical American high schooler who takes two years of French or Spanish. Bonjour -- hola.
BTW, my grandma came to this country ~1905 as a Gaelic speaker. Her brogue was thicker than a pint of Guinness stout.