For all the aunties, but especially for Mary Maxine Lani Kahaulelio

  Aunty saysShe climbed a 90 foot cliff in the darkTraced the scars of a long forgotten waterfallCried as she felt the green disappearing under her fingertips And i learnThat aloha is courage steeped in mourning Aunty saysThis arrest bond is the most important paper I own She holds it out like a certificate ofContinue reading “For all the aunties, but especially for Mary Maxine Lani Kahaulelio”

Ask me about the Mauna

  Ask me about the mauna ⠀⠀⠀And I will tell you about thirty kānaka huddled shivering in an empty parking lot ⠀⠀⠀ Praying ⠀⠀⠀The lāhui would answer the call ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀I will tell you about two nights ⠀⠀⠀Cot sleeping ⠀⠀⠀Directly under a sky scattered in stars ⠀⠀⠀In air so clear ⠀⠀⠀Every inhale is medicine⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀How every morningContinue reading “Ask me about the Mauna”

Frontline Pilina in the Malu of the Mauna

  It’s WednesdayAnd I find myself standingIn the shadow of a mauna that loves me like islands emerging from the sea Like a sky scattering herself in starsLike a lāhui kanaka growing I’m standing in the malu of a movementThat’s captured a generations heart and attention I find myselfHereMy bodyA kīpuka expandingInto Pele’s pāhoehoe gripHoldingContinue reading “Frontline Pilina in the Malu of the Mauna”

10 ways I have been loved this ʻanahulu

1  Every morning Līlīnoe sends her simmering skin to me  And as she arrives  I am reminded of the blessing of wai  2 loads of laundry  Washed  folded  And delivered  3 “Do you need a hot shower”  Offers from strangers For comfort and warmth  4  “Have you eaten”  “Are you drinking enough water” The mostContinue reading “10 ways I have been loved this ʻanahulu”

Pale

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} • Pale.  1. nvt. To shield,  defend,  shield, protect,  resist; p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’} 2. vt. To deliver, as a child. Again and again  He tells me  How these niho  Will pale me from what I cannot see And all of a sudden Continue reading “Pale”