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HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A
by Leland Waldrip
Thursday, September 08, 2011
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The Trigger Fish is the state fish of Hawaii. The Butterfly Fish is another with an even longer name.




HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

Barely fits the front of my hat,

By the time I get to the PUA‘A,

I’ve forgotten where HUMU’s at.

     

HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

I try to read some at a time,

But NUKU’s get in the freakin’ way,

‘N there’s too many HUMU’s to rhyme.  

 

I wear my hat wherever I ride,

It’s what I learned from my Pa,

So where I go, folks look crosseyed

At HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

 

Before I can say Aloha y’all

And show off the Hawaiian I got,

I get to NUKUPUA’A ‘n all,

And my native lingo’s shot.

 

HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

Barely fits the front of my hat,

By the time I get to the PUA‘A,

Where the Hell’s the HUMU at?

 

But HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

Is a much better thing on my hat

Than LAUWILIWILINUKUNUKU OI OI --

A word even longer than that !

 

 

  

HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A

The Triggerfish (The fish with a snout shaped like a pig)

LAUWILIWILINUKUNUKU OI OI

The Butterflyfish (The fish shaped like the wiliwili leaf)

 

 

 

 

 

© 2011 R. Leland Waldrip

     

 

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This is very clever, Leland. Thank you for the smiles. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
And I thought that Thai names were long! A very delightful piece about the challenge of language and the humor that can be found.

On the personal side, you appear to be enjoying a very wonderful vacation fishing in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Aloha,

Ron
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Wonderful charmer!!!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Hahahaha...not to worry...me struggled toooo...lol...thought it was some meditation rhyme at when i saw the title...hummmmmm!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
There must be some magic to the HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A... How did "it" know I dreamed of you last night and woke up thinking... "I need to write to Leland"? Hahaha!!! This was great fun to read, my dearest Leland... but it'll be a looooooong while before I can actually read HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A... aloud!!! LOL!!! A big ((((((((((PULIKI))))))))))) - It's Hawaiian for Hug... - with lots of love!!!
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