Out of breath after barely catching the bus, I looked for a seat. Being a haole, no alohas were found in the faces of the Islanders – except his. Mine said mahalo as I sat.
I told him my divorce was new; that in the end my ex saw me as poke and I saw him as Spam musubi. He laughed and took my hand.
We rented a changing hut at Sunset Beach. Kapu kapu kapu pounded in my ears with his every thrust.
We emerged, sated and staggering.
“Please stay. Be part of Ohana,” he said, with talofa.
Aloha = hello, love, goodbye
Haole = a derogatory term used by native Hawaiians to pinpoint a foreign white person or non-Polynesian individual.
Islander = born in the Islands
Kapu = forbidden
Mahalo = thank you
Ohana = family
Poke = diced raw fish, seasoned with sea salt
Spam musubi = a slab of Spam on top of sushi rice, wrapped in nori
Talofa = I am happy and delighted to give you my love.
Most word meanings used were found here.
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