Uē ka lani, uē pū me ko ka honua

na Laiana Wong (ka lā 2 o Kepakemapa, 2017)

Synopsis: News of the flooding from tropical storm Harvey has reached just about everyone by now. The little bit of flooding I had at my house i Kāneʻohe during the rains on Tuesday pales in comparison to the devastation in Texas and Louisiana.

Aloha mai kākou. Huaʻi ke aloha no ka poʻe e hoʻomanawanui nei iā Harvey, ka makani pāhili i hao mai ma nā kapakai o Tekasa a ma laila aku ʻo ia a hōʻea i Luisiana me ka wāwahi pū ʻana i nā kaʻa, nā hale, nā kumulāʻau, a me nā mea nō hoʻi a pau e kū ana ma kona ala. ʻO ka loku nui mai o ka ua, ua ana ‘ia i ke 50” ma kauwahi o ia kapa, a ke ʻōlelo ʻia nei e ka poʻe wānana anilā, i loko nō o ka pā ʻana mai o ka lā i ka lā mālie, ʻaʻole nō i pau. He mau ʻinihā koe e hiki mai ana. Hālana ka wai mai ʻō a ʻō, a ʻo ka waʻapā wale nō ke kalaiwa ma nā alanui. A ʻoki loa ka iho ʻana mai o nā makani kaʻa wiliwili. E iho ana ʻo luna a e piʻi ana paha ʻo lalo.

Kuʻi ka lono o ia ʻino ma o nā papaho like ʻole mai ka wā i hoʻomaka ai i kēlā pule aku nei a hiki mai nō i kēia wā aʻu e kākau nei i kēia kolamu. ʻO ka Pōʻahā wale nō kēia, a eia ke noke aku nei ka ʻino. Kainō, ʻo ia wale iho nō ka mea hou o ka ʻāina. Eia kā naʻe, he nui hou aku nā mea hou, akā, ʻo ka weliweli o kēia ʻino, ʻaʻohe wahi pāweo o ka maka. Inā ua pakele ka hale i ka wāwahi ʻia e ka makani pāhili, ʻaʻole nō paha i pakele i ka hālana o ka wai. Nui ka pohō ma nā wahi a pau a e lana ana ka pīhā i loko o ka pihō e uhi nei i ka ʻāina mai ʻō a ʻō. Piha ke aloha a nui ka menemene o ka naʻau no ka poʻe hoʻomanawanui i ia kūlana hoʻomānaʻonaʻo.

Iaʻu e nānā ana i ke kīwī a me nā kiʻi o ka wai e lana ana ma laila, mai ka lani nō a ka honua, loku mai ana ka ua ma koʻu hale i Kāneʻohe. Eia mākou ke kūkulu nei i kekahi lumi ma luna o ka hale kaʻu a ua lilo ua hale kaʻa nei i wahi e hoʻāhu ai i nā pono hale a me nā ukana like ʻole. ʻOiai, ʻaʻole nō i paʻa ke kaupoku, e kulukulu ana ka wai ma nā māwae mai o ka papahele ʻelua. Ma ka pōmaikaʻi, ua uhi ʻē ʻia kēlā mau mea waiwai i ke kapolena, a ua pakele i ka ua. ʻO nā kiʻo wai nui o Kūlanihākoʻi, ʻaʻole lawa nā pākini e hoʻokiʻo ai. Ua hele a he ʻehā paha ʻīniha ka lana ʻana o ia wai ma ka hohonu loa a ua makaʻu au o pohō kēlā mau mea waiwai i ka pulu ʻelo. He mau hola ke kā ʻana i ka liu ma ka papahele o ka hale kaʻa, ʻo ka palekana mai nō ia o ia mau ukana.

Ua ʻano hilahila paha ka hoʻohālike ʻana i ka wai e lana ana ma koʻu hale kaʻa me ka wai hālana nui ma Tekasa mā me Luisiana, eia naʻe, he mea ia e komo ai ka mahalo i loko oʻu no koʻu pōmaikaʻi i ka pakele ʻana i ka wai nui. Ma Loko, he loko wai ia. He 3,500 ka nui o ka poʻe i hoʻopakele ʻia ma laila. He 9,000 poʻe e moe ana ma nā moe pelu ma loko o nā hale hoʻomalu. He 30,000 poʻe i hōʻauheʻe ʻia mai ko lākou hale aku a e ʻimi ana i wahi  maloʻo e moe ai. Manomano a lehulehu ka poʻe e pono ai i ke kōkua.

I ka piʻi ʻana o koʻu kai no koʻu wahi pilikia, ua hoʻomaopopo i ia pōʻino ma Loko. ʻO ka nā koke ihola nō ia, a i loko nō o ia lana ʻana o ka wai nui, lana nō hoʻi ka manaʻo e ola hou ai kēlā poʻe a me nā holoholona hoʻi kekahi!

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