In Any Language: Enough Rain!

Don Chapman
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March 29, 2006
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This rain stays mainly a pain: Traditional Hawaiian culture counts more than 40 different terms for rain, ua - from slanting rain, ua hikiki’i, to rainbow-hued rain, uakoko. I went back and checked the definitive PukuiElbert Hawaiian-English Dictionary but couldn’t find one reference for “Rain every #*&@! day for a #*&@! month!” ...

Maybe in its next edition? ... Excessive as the weather seems, it’s nothing new, really. PukuiElbert also offers a variety of terms for thunder, hekili, and lightning, uila. Such as lapa uila, flash of lightning, and ku’i hekili, peal of thunder ...

How wet has it been on the Windward side? A hand-written sign at the Kailua Jack In The Box drive-through lane requests that customers turn off their windshield wipers at the window to prevent workers inside from getting soaked ...


My sister Susan, visiting from Oregon last week, probably spoke for lots of tourists: “Well, I could have been wet and cold at home.” ...

The subject of global warming has come up more than a few times in the past month or so. And a National Public Radio report last week said the world’s oceans could rise by 13 to 20 feet in the next 50 years ...

Taste treat: On the recommendation of the college student son - “You gotta try this, Dad!” - sampled my first frozen grapes. And the boy is right - a very tasty, refreshing, all-natural Popsicle ...

One of the coolest things about fatherhood is learning from your keiki o ka ‘aina ...

Never had the privilege of meeting the late surf photog Jon Mozo before he died in big surf just over a year ago, but did speak with him on the phone a few times, and we published a couple of his pictures. Friends and family will honor him with the first Jon Mozo 5K and 10K walk-run at Turtle Bay on Saturday morning. Appropriately, a small portion of the course crosses the beach. Proceeds go to the Jon Mozo Scholarship fund at BYU-Hawaii. You can register online at http://www.active.com ...

Where did they go dept.: Katie Young fans will be pleased to know that her bum back is improving and she’s due back at work by mid-April ...

And Susan Page has been taking off this month to concentrate on her Heart for Africa and Never Ending Gardens project…


Ridiculous situation: Took the Mainland family, as well as the daughter home from college for spring break, to Pearl Harbor and had to park in a for-pay lot. No problem with the $5 fee, but the attendant had no cash to make change, and no ATM was close by. So I paid $10, while a Mainland couple who had four $1 bills and some $20s left frustrated, angry and muttering about the way our biggest visitor attraction does things. Can’t argue with ‘em on this one ...

But the year-old Pearl Harbor Visitors Center is a welcome addition - especially if you have, as we did, a three-hour wait (those concrete Park Service benches get old on the okole real quick). Kudos to visitor center honcho Patrick Brent ...

Speaking of things naval: Given the former president’s response to the recent electronic spying brouhaha, does anybody else find it just slightly ironic that the Seawolf-class submarine USS Jimmy Carter is tasked with conducting classified missions - which would include, from my understanding of submarine operations, electronic eavesdropping? (That’s based on what Adm. Al Konetzni, then commander of U.S. Pacific submarine forces based at Pearl Harbor, told me during a MidWeek cover story interview.) ...

Here’s an NCAA March Madness matchup made in supermarket tabloid heaven: the second-round matchup between Bradley University and the University of Pittsburgh. Or as CBS’ on-screen scoreboard had the final score in abbreviated form:

Brad - 72
Pitt - 66 ...

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