One of my dear Hawaiian friends sent this to me last night and I had to share it with all of you. (Mahalo nui Keala!)
As you’ll see from the last couplet it looked like one of those email chain things, so I don’t know where it originated, and I try not to clutter up people’s inboxes with things like this. I figure Talking Story and RSS magic gives you a choice!
However I thought of all of you in the Ho‘ohana Community right away ” This is sorta what we already get started here in the ways we can, refusing to let any virtual only kind of limits get in our way.
This is what you can expect if you ever make it to Hawai‘i, and this is why people say, “wow” Hawaii really IS kinda different.” We get personal here real quick ”
So, to all of you, my “Hawaiian Friends” in spirit and aloha intention;
(I added the links and the very last line, but otherwise copied it from Keala’s email exactly.)
FRIENDS VS. HAWAIIAN FRIENDS
FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.
FRIENDS: Will say "hello"
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.
FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad.
FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Cry with you.
FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that’s what the crowd is doing.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds’ ass that left you.
FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, "I’m home!"
FRIENDS: Are for a while.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Will forward this with Aloha.
THE HO‘OHANA COMMUNITY: Will add to, and linklove this with their Aloha.
Ken Partain and me, when Ken visited the Big Island and we were able to meet in person. As you can see, Ken even helped me share my books!