Shoal of Time

What I’m {re}reading now is Gavan Daws’ Shoal of Time. very basic history of Hawaii.  I have a hard back copy bought in the last century, and I’m really having a good time. (well, I’m also down with a sore throat so it’s not as good as it could be.)  It reminds me of stuff I’ve gathered over the years I lived in Hawaii.  good book.  Readily readable.  But I laughed out loud with a kind of happiness when the king gave a speech consisting only of “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono.”  I think that’s how you spell it.  It’s about the only phrase I can easily say, though I took at least a year of Hawaiian language at Univ. HI when I taught there, then stopped, partly because my daughter is fluent, actually teaches elementary school science in Hawaiian.  !! and my two grandsons are also fluent.  Well, anyhow, I am really enjoying the book, and when the painful past gets too much for me I go for easy relief to one or another of my 20 or more books by Dick Francis, which always cheer me up, since the central “I” is always likable and I like his sense of morality, what’s “right,” and goes through life, usually gets the girl as well as figures out the problems he’s faced with, so I can close with a feeling of satisfaction.  OK, back to Shoal.

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