Kohala

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O Kohala

the place that my grandma knew,

and her mom,

and her mom’s mom too.

Dense dark forest

filled with

hidden

meanings and mist;

crowd

my dreams

when I think of this.

The orange lava

of

Kilauea

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marches….

flowing to the sea

preparing for

an

epic battle

with

an

ancient enemy.

The

glow of fire

reflects

off

my eyes

as I beam

at

the marvel of creation…

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But

at last,

it is

this….

Waimea

of

old

that

I do

miss,

longing

for

her

misty

morning kiss…

to

caress me

in

her gentle arms

again.

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As time moves ever forward

and I continue

to fade

it is

in

my mind

that

I travel

back and forth…

each

and

every day;

sometimes as a boy

but most times as a man.

The years do pass, people don’t last

as I continue

to cling

to a well worn

and

tattered dream.

What

does

it

all mean?

From the mountain
to

the

sea,
when

my

journey
is

complete;
in
Waipi’o Valley
is

where

I

will

sleep.

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O Hawai’i nei,

embrace me

as

your native son

as

I

slumber

in your arms

until

that

promised day

has

come.

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For my Mother Wanda Stevens Stafford. I thank you for instilling in me a sense of where I’m from, who, and from what river my koko flows. Thank you for introducing hawaiian music to me. I forgive you mom. Thank you for giving me life.

I love you mom.

A hui ho.

For my Grandmother, Annie Lincoln of Kohala, Hawai’i. I haven’t forgot you grandma.

For my great grandmother,

Abigail Mana of Kohala, Hawai’i.

For my great great grandmother,

Nina Kealiiwahamana, of Kohala, Hawai’i.

And to all those who came before;

A hui ho.

Written by Kawika A Stafford

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