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SERENA N MICHEL | Huakaʻi a Lehua

Story by Serena N Michel Excerpt | The night was still in Waiʻanae moku. All was silent in the valley of Lualualei. No tree stirred, and the water along the valley’s shoreline lapped softly against the sand and sizzled lightly on its way back into the ocean. Ulehawa Stream was smooth and flat, and the moon could see her reflection on its surface. With a mahina poepoe, the kinolau of Māui was defined along the ridgeline of Palikea and Puʻu Heleakalā. The stars were clear and many. The night sky was fully awake. Its stillness was ever-present and deeply-felt. And then a cry ripped through the air. It came from the first hale along Ulehawa Stream, just across from the shore. The natural world seemed to shift and respond with the cry. The waves clapped gently louder, and the moon and stars radiated faintly brighter. The cry had been so sudden, it was incomprehensible with the sound of the water receding from the shore. But then the environment returned to its natural state, the atmosphere became calm again, and the cry was distinct. It was the cry of a newborn child.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | LynleyShimat Lys CO-EDITOR | Sashily Kling CO-EDITOR | Tina Togafau CO-EDITOR | Marley Aiu CO-EDITOR |Jimi Coloma EBOOK EDITOR LynleyShimat Lys ADMINISTRATIVE & TECHNICAL SUPPORT University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Student Media Board Mahalo nui loa to Jay Hartwell for his guidance! Hawaiʻi Review is a publication of the Student Media Board of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A bold, student-run journal, Hawaiʻi Review reflects the views of its editors and contributors, who are solely responsible for its content. Hawaiʻi Review is a member of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines and is indexed by the Humanities International Index, the Index of American Periodical Verse, Writer’s Market, and Poet’s Market. CONTACT: hawaiireview@gmail.com SUBMIT: hawaiireview.org Copyright 2018 by Board of Publications University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. ISSN: 0093-9625

Huakaʻi a Lehua The night was still in Waiʻanae moku. All was silent in the valley of Lualualei. No tree stirred, and the water along the valley’s shoreline lapped softly against the sand and sizzled lightly on its way back into the ocean. Ulehawa Stream was smooth and flat, and the moon could see her reflection on its surface. With a mahina poepoe, the kinolau of Māui was defined along the ridgeline of Palikea and Puʻu Heleakalā. The stars were clear and many. The night sky was fully awake. Its stillness was ever-present and deeply-felt. And then a cry ripped through the air. It came from the first hale along Ulehawa Stream, just across from the shore. The natural world seemed to shift and respond with the cry. The waves clapped gently louder, and the moon and stars radiated faintly brighter. The cry had been so sudden, it was incomprehensible with the sound of the water receding from the shore. But then the environment returned to its natural state, the atmosphere became calm again, and the cry was distinct. It was the cry of a newborn child. ______________ She was beautiful. Rosalina Gomez looked into the face of her wailing newborn baby girl. Rosa lifted her child 3

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