Hawai'i Pride 'ole1
I can't stand it here,
the eternal summer
is attuned to entities not accustomed to change
call this heaven
though the haoles2
I've begun to hate Pele3
and her volcano that put us all here in the middle
of an ocean of maybe
s are the draw
, though the surfers don't believe in anything
but sex wax4
and how to avoid the sharks
it's not my place to disagree
To this day, I won't drive on U.S. 35
not because of the spirits but because of the bullets
and I want to say to those that discovered
this land before Captain Cook6
yes, you may have kept me off your land
s, but you've also kept me
out of your life
if you can live with your arrogant loneliness
, so be it, but don't you dare
ask for my support
when you claim I can't understand
because of the color
of your skin
1 'ole (pronunciation: oh-lay) Hawaiian term for nothingness.
2 Haole (pronunciation: how-lee) Hawaiian racial epithet for Caucasians.
3 Pele (pronunciation: pay-lay)Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, and a Brazilian Soccer god.
4 Sex wax is used on surfboards to help increase traction.
5 Road built over Hawaiian sacred ground.
6 Cook was one of the first whites to arrive on Hawaii.