Letter for Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mahalo and aloha, Hanalei

Until recently Hanalei was our home for 45 years. These are my feelings.

Mahalo for your time

Black Pot

Hanalei, a place of pure beauty, so tranquil and serene.

A spot we were blessed to call home, many have never seen.

Sitting next to the river is a local spot

A local spot given the name of Black Pot.

We would sit and listen to the stories of earlier days

While you hear the music that their fingers play.

The smell of the food cooking was the way

Fresh fish, rice and stew cooking all day

Yes, we were lucky to call this place home

A spot we could come to and never be alone.

Uncle Jack, Aunty Jenny, Kapule too

Aunty Alice, Uncle Billy to name a few.

Uncle Didi, Aunty Cathy, Lady and Bear

Uncle Peter, Aunty Rarie always with flair

Uncle Willy who kept our park so beautiful for all

Would hand you a beer as you came to call.

Now as I sit and reflect on days gone by

The changes that are coming, I just want to cry

I’m not crying for me, I was lucky you see

To learn of the days when things were carefree.

I cry for the ones who have gone before

Who protected this spot right on the shore

Who taught us the ways to care for this land

I wish there was a way to take a stand

To show the newcomers this is not right

The ones gone before us would put up a fight.

They are not happy you see, the changes are wrong

Black Pot has always been the place that was a beautiful song.

There was a reason this spot was protected from the flood

Black Pot has always, always been loved.

Barbara Poor, Winchester Bay, Oregon

  1. jake May 25, 2019 6:06 am Reply

    The true beauty of the good old days is that we don’t have to do anything about them. All we have to do is remember them. Now is all we have. Now is real. Living in the past is for fools, because you’re not really living. Might as well just OD on the fentanyl if you’re that unhappy with the way things are.

    1. roger May 26, 2019 9:23 am Reply


  2. Charlie Chimknee May 26, 2019 6:22 am Reply

    Aloha Jake,

    Are you the same Jake they call the “Optimist”…?


  3. Charlie Chimknee May 26, 2019 6:47 am Reply

    Aloha Barbara,


    I was sentenced to college there…dark, cold, dreary, windy, wet, rainy, overcast, glum, freezing, ice, snow, chilly, freezing, sun on July 4th was at least a promise…I skipped my graduation ceremony, as did the Maui students, just to catch the first flight home.

    So why’d you leave…? Kaua’i…!

    Iniki never blew anyone away that had deep enough roots…! ! !

    No matter where you go, and you feel lost or alone in the world, just find a River, they all run to the Sea…and all waters of all the Seas all lead to Kaua’i.

    Thank God…!

  4. chow May 26, 2019 10:19 pm Reply

    ALOHA HANALEI NICE KNOWIN YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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