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Crossing Pāpōhaku Beach

by Jim Kraus

Past the line of stones,
watch out for the kiawe, its thorns.
Then run across the hot sand Continue reading

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The Problem with History in Hawai`i

by Christian Hanz Lozada

History is present in every rock
Kamehameha left on the side of the road
even though it’s also just a rock.
The Queen’s Guards are decked out in red
like a queen’s guard is decked out in red
and the luau dancers wear grass skirts. Continue reading

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Kākau (Tattoo)

by Doreen Beyer

He wears the eyes of his ancestors,
small dots
the sharp points of bird bone,
black indelible eyes
enormous with the weight of knowledge. Continue reading

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Golden Station

by Joe Balaz

Incurious
and numb to it all

da emotional atmospherics
dat stay emanating from da brain

is kinnah different
den da locomotive pulling da train.
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Abecedarian: The Final Cut

by Debbie Hall

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone
–Joni Mitchell

Aloha, Po’ouli, you shy little black-faced
bird, last one down from Haleakala’s slopes,
captive and tended by the hopeful, your one good eye Continue reading

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