Chantilly Lace and Pearls

by Joe Balaz

Kamuela Kim’s

wuz immigrant workers
in da sugarcane fields

but dat wuz da extent
of her humility.

She wuz da owner
of wun ritzy Honolulu restaurant

and her Cadillac
wuz painted bright ruby red.

The Tropical Summit
offered fine dining to patrons

and da profits
helped to keep Kamuela

dressed in da latest fashions.

She wuz affluent
in mind and body

wit her huge ego
and expensive jewelry.

Her nose wuz high in da air
and you could see her sitting dere

in da elegant dining room
of her fancy establishment.

She wuz just as regal

as da centerpiece
on da back wall

flanked by pastel paintings.

Up deah on wun pedestal

wuz wun beautiful porcelain doll
in wun exquisite Parisian gown

inside wun showcase.

Kamuela smiled
at da chic decor and ambiance

and took wun sip
from her glass of white wine.

She wuz light years away
from hanbok clothing

and very much at ease
wit Chantilly lace and pearls.


Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Pidgin (Hawai’i Creole English) and American-English. He edited Ho`omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature.

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