Stories

  • The Patient Honu - There are plenty of things to like about being a honu, a sea turtle. Just to start, there’s the joy of swimming in warm tropical waters, and of dipping down deep for the refreshing coolness, and rising to the surface again for a breath of air. Oh, yes, that’s something to like. Swimming will also […]
  • The Puzzled Nene - There was a young nene — that’s the Hawaiian goose, by the way, and did you know that it’s Hawai’i’s state bird? Good! There was a young nene who lived on the slopes of Kilauea. Sometimes he’d be high up on the mountain, flying in search of ripe ‘ohelo or grass seeds or naupaka berries. […]
  • The Hungry Kohola - She was born in the waters that lie between Maui and the Kohala Peninsula of Hawai’i Island. At birth, she was already about twenty feet long. Were any of you twenty feet long when you were born? No? Hm. I guess none of us are twenty feet long now, either. She was, in fact, a […]
  • All the Way - The Bible is filled with stories about people who traveled a lot. There’s Abraham (just for starters), and there’s Jacob, and King David, and the prophet Elijah. There’s Moses and Joshua, the Apostle Paul, and, of course, there’s Jesus. Once upon a time God’s friend — have I mentioned God’s friend to you? God’s friend likes […]
  • The Kind Peacock - This story is more about a peahen than it is about a peacock. Well, it’s about a choice she wanted to make. She was looking for someone to share her life with. Not everyone wants to, and not everyone can, but she could and did and so she was taking a look at all the […]
  • Ahi Afloat - As far as this one newly hatched ahi was concerned, it all happened very quickly. One moment he was floating, newly hatched, in a sea filled with eggs. The next moment he was surrounded by newly hatched ahi, a cloud of silvery motion. As ahi do, he grew quickly, and with the others he swam […]
  • The Overburdened Albatross - There are creatures in the world who love to collect things. Lots of things. There’s the bowerbird of Australia and New Guinea, who assembles a collection of brightly colored objects (from shells to flowers) to impress a potential mate. There’s the pack rat of the Americas, who will use anything and everything to construct a […]
  • The Hungry ‘Apapane Brothers - This morning’s story is about a particular kind of bird. Now, I have a reputation for telling stories about this one particular kind of bird, so I’ll just put the question out there: Would anyone like to guess what kind of bird this story is about? The i’iwi? That’s a good guess – really close, […]
  • Birthday! - They didn’t know it was a birthday. I’m sure they were aware that nearly every day is somebody’s birthday. Maybe they thought about that. Maybe they didn’t. If they did, they probably moved right along, realizing that they didn’t know the person (persons?) whose birthday it was. And in any case, the birth they didn’t […]
  • The Folded Peacock - This week’s story is about a bird who is not native to these islands, but I’m pretty sure you know about them. Some do live here. This story is about a peacock. Have you seen one? Great! I need to mention that since the beginning of Creation all the way up to the present day, […]