Hawaii Quotes

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Libba Bray
“I'll try to communicate, Taylor said. She spoke slowly and deliberately. Hello! We need help. Is your village close?
My village is Denver. And I think it's a long way from here. I'm Nicole Ade. Miss Colorado.
We have a Colorado where we're from too! Tiara said. She swiveled her hips, spread her arms wide, then brought her hands together prayer-style and bowed. Kipa aloha.
Nicole stared. I speak English. I'm American. Also, did you learn those moves from Barbie's Hawaiian Vacation DVD?
Ohmigosh, yes! Do your people have that, too?”
Libba Bray, Beauty Queens

Victoria Kahler
“A slight breeze cooled the Hawaiian spring air, swaying the branches of palm trees, which cast black silhouettes against the purple and orange colors of the twilight sky.”
Victoria Kahler, Capturing the Sunset

Sarah Vowell
“The groundswell of outrage over the invasion of Iraq often cited the preemptive war as a betrayal of American ideals. The subtext of the dissent was: 'This is not who we are.' But not if you were standing where I was. It was hard to see the look in that palace tour guide's eyes when she talked about the American flag flying over the palace and not realize that ever since 1898, from time to time, this is exactly who we are.”
Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes

James  Jones
“Sitting on the porch alone, listening to them fixing supper, he felt again the indignation he had felt before, the sense of loss and the aloneness, the utter defenselessness that was each man's lot, sealed up in his bee cell from all the others in the world. But the smelling of boiling vegetables and pork reached him from the inside, the aloneness left him for a while. The warm moist smell promised other people lived and were preparing supper.

He listened to the pouring and the thunder rumblings that sounded hollow like they were in a rainbarrel, shared the excitement and the coziness of the buzzing insects that had sought refuge on the porch, and now and then he slapped detachedly at the mosquitoes, making a sharp crack in the pouring buzzing silence. The porch sheltered him from all but the splashes of the drops that hit the floor and their spray touched him with a pleasant chill. And he was secure, because someewhere out beyond the wall of water humanity still existed, and was preparing supper.”
James Jones, From Here to Eternity

“We, the Hawaiian people, who are born from the union of Papahanaumoku and Wakea, earth mother and sky father, and who have lived in these islands for over 100 generations, will always have the moral right to the lands of Hawai'i now and forever, no matter what any court says.”
Lilikalā K. Kame'eleihiwa

Mark Twain
“I once heard a grouty northern invalid say that a coconut tree might be poetical, possibly it was; but it looked like a feather-duster struck by lightning.”
Mark Twain, Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands: Hawaii in the 1860s

Maureen A. Miller
“Write, drink and be merry!”
Maureen A. Miller

Mike Bond
“Though at opposite ends of our country, Maine and Hawaii are, other than climate, much alike. Places where you say who you are, be who you are, keep your word, and don't cheat or lie to take advantage of each other. Where you protect other folks because they are your tribe.”
Mike Bond, Killing Maine

Victoria Kahler
“Mount Kilauea spilled glowing lava like cords of orange neon-lighting from seemingly nowhere. In the blackness that engulfed the night, electric heat lit flowing streams that fell into the sea, disappearing in a cloud of steam with a sizzling splash.”
Victoria Kahler, Capturing the Sunset

Lindsey Kelk
“That’s what so many people get wrong about fashion now. It shouldn’t be about the trends or the size zeros or who’s using fur and who isn’t; it should be about love.”
Lindsey Kelk, About a Girl

Tovaley B. Kysel
“Keahi: I didn’t save you, Odette. I won’t take credit for it. You saved yourself, and you saved me.
Odete: So am I the princess or the hero?
Keahi: I don’t see why the princess can’t be the hero. Princesses are pretty heroic, after all.”
Tovaley B. Kysel, The Scion Princess

Joan Didion
“Webley Edwards was on the radio, they remember that, and what he said that morning again and again was “This is an air raid, take cover, this is the real McCoy.” That is not a remarkable thing to say, but it is a remarkable thing to have in one’s memory.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
tags: hawaii, war

“New land formed by lava flows belongings to the state, not to abutting property owners. So ruled the Hawai'i Supreme Court in 1977.”
Larue W. Piercy, Hawaii This and That

Steven Magee
“When I worked at the W. M. Keck Observatory on the 13,796 feet very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea, we would routinely be engulfed in cold clouds of helium and nitrogen gas as we discharged it into the video camera systems daily. The management team never warned us that we were in a hazardous oxygen deprived environment during this activity that was known for its ability to adversely affect physical and mental health, and possibly bring on death by asphyxiation.”
Steven Magee

“Umica ka hanu
Be patient; don't give up.”
Toni Polancy, Hawaii in Love

Steven Magee
“When I worked in high altitude astronomy, the worst sickness that I experienced was not at the 13,796 feet very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea Observatory (MKO) in Hawaii, it was at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Arizona at the much lower altitude of 6,875 feet. Due to my very high altitude experiences, I knew that this strange sickness was not primarily caused by altitude sickness and was most likely Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). After reporting various behavioral problems in all of the staff to the management team, my contract was not renewed, I was unable to legally protect the health and safety of the workers that I was responsible for, troubleshooting of this environmental problem stopped and I left in a sickened state for my next position before I could find the root cause.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I regard taking healthy sea level adapted children to the 13,796 feet very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea as a form of child abuse.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“At the W.M. Keck Observatory on the very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea, there was no routine monitoring of mental functioning, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure or heart rate of workers.”
Steven Magee

Lindsey Kelk
“People change. Sometimes I think they don't know they're changing until it's already happened, though. You get so used to being one person, it's weird when you wake up and everything is different.”
Lindsey Kelk, What a Girl Wants

“President Obama 44

Obama is the Man; I’ve never met him before,
But he and The First Lady, has opened many doors
I can tell by his charm, that he has some laughter,
And I can’t tell between him and the First Lady, Who is smarter?
And I like how she encouraged them children to lose weight,
And how she dougied and watched everything on her plate,
And how she not only danced and not only rap,
I like how The President always had her back,
Every Bill he signed they had something to say,
But the smooth President did it his way
President Obama, you made the grade,
You were very transparent, you didn’t throw shade,
And although there are others who may have disagreed,
Our 44th President was born in Hawaii.
No one can tell me Obama isn’t the man
Who stopped the wars in Afghanistan?”
Charmaine J. Forde

“As she descended below the floor level of the loft, her former partner in juvenile crime was revealed to her from scuffed paniolo boots, up a long, muscled body that appeared to go on forever, to a venerable black Stetson. His cowboy look was new to her and it suited him. When she backtracked to his Hawaiian-sky blue eyes, she swayed under the impact and abruptly sat down. Any stair step would do." Noelani Beecham, Pele's Tears”
Sharon K. Garner, Pele's Tears

Kiana Davenport
“Does childhood really happen? Do we imagine it? Everyone remembers something else....”
Kiana Davenport, Shark Dialogues

Kiana Davenport
“God not da faddah, he just the spoiled moody child, but you got to go t'rough him to get to da real power, his mama, Mot'er God. She da real Almighty! She run da heavens alone. Original single parent. When somethin' bad happen, usually mean she let God try his hand, and he screw up plenny. You need something important, you go directly Mot'er God. Jesus, Mary, Joseph? Dey just small potatoes, part of the chorus, neh?”
Kiana Davenport, Shark Dialogues

Steven Magee
“If you are looking for a career that may induce a myriad of health conditions into you, I can recommend working at the 13,796 feet very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA.”
Steven Magee

“Lorsqu’en 1812, les îles Hawaii lui avaient proposé de se placer sous protectorat russe, le vainqueur de Napoléon avait refusé.”
Michel Heller, Histoire de la Russie et de son empire
tags: hawaii

Derek Bickerton
“When the infernal machine of plantation slavery began to grind its wheels, iron laws of economics came into play, laws that would lead to immeasurable suffering but would also, and equally inevitably, produce new languages all over the world – languages that ironically, in the very midst of man's inhumanity to man, demonstrated the essential unity of humanity.”
Derek Bickerton, Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages

“Practice Aloha Around The World:

You don't have to live in Hawai'i--- or even be Hawaiian to embrace the Aloha Spirit.

Aloha can be found in the most surprising places at the most unlikely times. You just have to have an open heart and mind to recognize it!”
Mark Ellman, Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style: Stories, Recipes and Lyrics from Hawaii's Favorite Folks

Steven Magee
“Mauna Kea Sickness (MKS) was a mystery that needed to be solved.”
Steven Magee

“Hawaiian English is like kahiko, the ancient dance, the kanaka dance of tradition, she says, harsh moves, slaps, and full of pounding force.”
Garrett Hongo, Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i

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