Here’s my draft for Pōʻaono/Saturday 09.28.19.
A Dream Deferred
It was a little late in the day to make it all the way to the Hana Bay beach park. I should’ve known that, the drive out from Kahului Airport, it’s a crazy road adventure. I should have scheduled an earlier flight.
Not to be funny with rhyme, but the mana is tremendously strong in Hana. It’s the birthplace of Ka‘ahumanu, one of the most powerful women in the history of the Hawaiian people. It was Ka‘ahumanu, for instance, who engineered the end of the kapu system stipulation of men and women not being able to eat together. She was Kamehameha’s favorite for good reason. An extremely talented and brilliant woman, she carried on governing where he left off when he passed away.
I love Hana. My family used to camp there when I was young, I fished there with my dad, and I wanted to see it one more time.
Two very funny things happened to me there on two different occasions. For one, it was the only time I ever went skinny dipping, out of the way of people, out near the lighthouse. I went into the water with two beautiful girls from the area, about my age, and thought their suggestion of going natural was exactly the kind of thing I knew I’d enjoy doing with this very attractive pair.
Well, it was a very good idea indeed, and I was having an exciting time, right up to the moment I stepped on this vana. Did I scream like a little baby? You better believe it. To make matters worse, when I tried to pull my foot away, the frickin’ spine broke off. The lovely ladies helped me hobble onto the rocks, and then examined the bottom of my foot. Their conclusion? That the piece could not be extracted by hand.
After donning our clothes, they helped me back to the park. Fortunately, my mom had packed both a needle and a pair of tweezers. Unfortunately, after some not so pleasant digging and tweezing, her conclusion? Well, that thing stayed in my foot for years until it dissolved. One day I happened to look there, and the dark dot of the bottom of the spine had finally disappeared.
Like those two girls. I bet they grew into pretty stunning women. Driving out yesterday afternoon I thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if I were eating dinner at the park tonight and the two of them materialized, somehow recognizing me after all these years, asking me if I’d like to go skinny dipping with them again.”
Aloha pants, and I’ll save the other funny story for later.
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