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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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Notes 1 | Version provided by Candace Fujikane 2 | “Oli Kāhea Oli Komo” composed by Kumu Kahoʻokele Crabbe 3 | Mary Kawena Pukui, ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983): 10. 4 | Mary Kawena Pukui, ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983): 62. 5 | Kalamaokaʻāina Niheu, “Puʻuhonua at Mākua,” A Nation Rising, ed. by Ikaika Hussey and Erin Kahunawaikaʻala Wright (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2014): 177-178. 6 | Hoʻoulumāhiehie, The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele (Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2006): 262. 7 | “Indescribable” written and composed by Christ Tomlin 8 | Jessica Terrell. “This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You’d Expect.” Civil Beat News. N.p., 10 Dec. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. . 9 | Psalm 34:4-7 (NIV) 10 | Psalm 34:18 (NIV) 52

11 | Psalm 34:22 (NIV) 12 | Psalm 147:3 (NIV) 13 | Mary Kawena Pukui, ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983): 112. 14 | Ephesians 4:26 (NIV) 15 | Mary Kawena Pukui, ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983): 4. 16 | Influenced by “Moʻolelo ‘Ohiʻa and Lehua …A Love Story,” Reba-Mae Silva Realty, LLC. N.p., 06 Feb. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. . 53

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