Hawahawa ka lima o ke kālepa kaʻa

na Laiana Wong (ka lā 16 o Kepakemapa, 2017)

Synopsis: The living conditions following Harvey and Irma have been miserable, but the generosity of people has emerged. This is now being overshadowed by folk who, among other questionable activities, are reselling damaged cars without proper disclosure, as required by law.

Aloha mai kākou. I loko nō o ka nui o ka ua i loku maila ma luna o Tekasa a me Florida mā, a me kekahi mau mokuʻāina hou aku o ʻAmelika, ua mao aʻe nō a ua pā hou mai ka lā. ʻO ka ʻōlelo a ka poʻe kahiko “Uē ka lani, ola ka honua”, he hōʻailona ia e lana ai ka manaʻo. He mea maopopo, ʻo ka ua ka mea e ola ai ka honua. Wahi a kahiko, “Pili hoʻōla ka ua i ka ‘āpaʻa”. ʻEā, e ola hou ana nō, eia naʻe, i kēia manawa, ua pau nā lau o nā kumulāʻau i ka hao mai a ka makani, a ʻo kēlā mau mokupuni Wilikina hoʻi i hele a mae ke ʻano uliuli, e ola hou ana nō.

Eia naʻe, i kēia manawa, hemahema ka noho ʻana o ka poʻe e hoʻomanawanui nei i nā ʻano pōpilikia like ʻole he nui. ʻO ke kūlana punahelu o nā mea a pau, e hūnā ʻia ana nā mūhune like ʻole e maʻi ai kānaka. ʻO ka wela o ia ʻāina, ua make kekahi poʻe kūpuna i loko o ka hale. I kauwahi o ia mau ʻāina, ʻaʻohe wai maʻemaʻe e inu ai a ʻo nā ukana lako e halihali ʻia mai ana, aia ka loaʻa a kū lalani mai a hala he mau hola. Pēlā pū nō hoʻi me ke kakalina. ʻAʻohe uila e hoʻoholo ai i nā mīkini paumu kakalina no nā kaʻa, a ʻaʻohe uila e holo ai nā mīkini hōʻoluʻolu ea. He nui hoʻi ka poʻe i wāwahi ʻia ko lākou hale, a eia ke noho nei ma nā hale hoʻomalu a me nā pupupu hale paha. Aloha nō hoʻi kekahi poʻe, ua paʻa nā alanui i nā mākaʻi, a ʻaʻole hiki iā lākou ke hoʻi aku i ko lākou hale e hoʻomaka ai i ka hoʻomaʻemaʻe.

A i loko nō o ia mau hihia, ua ʻike ʻia nā hana lokomaikaʻi like ʻole he nui wale i lawelawe ʻia. E kōkua ana ka poʻe nele a hune i ka poʻe nele a hune. A he mea ia e lana ai ka manaʻo o ka hoʻomaloka a me ka hoʻomahuakala. Aloha nō! I loko nō o ia mau hana lokomaikaʻi, ua ʻike ʻia ka ʻaoʻao pupuka o kānaka ke lawa ʻo ia i ka hoʻomanawanui ʻana i ka noho hemahema. Ua hoʻomaka ka ʻaihue, ka pōā, a me ka limanui ʻana. A ʻo ka hana a kekahi poʻe, he pūlapu ia. ʻO ia hoʻi, ʻo kēlā mau kaʻa, ma nā miliona ka heluna, i holoāiʻa i loko o ka wai halana, eia ke kūʻai ʻia nei ma nā kahua kūʻai kaʻa mai ʻō a ʻō.

Noʻu iho, he mea paʻakikī ka hoʻohalahala, no ka mea, ʻaʻole au ma ka noho pū ʻana me kēlā poʻe ʻaihua. Pēlā nō paha au ua ʻike ʻia kēlā haʻawina. A ʻo ka hapanui paha o ia mau kaʻa, ʻaʻohe wahi ʻano o ka pūlapu. Ua hōʻike ahuwale ʻia ko lākou moʻolelo luʻu wai. ʻAʻole naʻe pēlā nā mea a pau. Aia nō kekahi poʻe poholalo nāna e kūʻai i nā kaʻa i hele a ʻino a kūkaehao nā wahi huna, a ʻaʻohe o lākou hōʻike mai i ka moʻolelo pololei o ia kaʻa. Wahi a Carfax, ma hope mai o Katrina, ua waiho maila he 600,000 kaʻa i pōʻino, a ua hiki mai 1,000 o ia heluna ma nā kapakai o Hawaiʻi nei, a eia nō ke helu ʻia nei ka nui o nā kaʻa i pohō ma hope o Harvey a me Irma, ʻaʻole naʻe i pau. E ao nō ka mea kūʻai o ili mai auaneʻi ko haʻi pilikia.

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