Glyph of the word 'kiokuku'.


  • (n.) a make up day to help the Kamakawi calendar get back in sync

Kiko i kiokuku!
“It’s nothing day!”


The change of the moon from one phase to its opposite doesn’t always line up exactly with fourteen days. So it may happen that neki has come, but the moon isn’t full (or new, depending on where one started from). When that happens, the village chief declares a kiokuku.

A kiokuku is a kind of holiday, where anything goes. And since its declaration is dependent entirely on the discretion of those keeping track of the calendar, you can sometimes get several kiokuku in a row. And it will frequently happen that different islands which don’t communicate with each other regularly enough will end up being on different days. When that happens, one or the other of them will declare however many kiokuku are necessary to get the two calendars in sync again.

That (referring to all the calendar posts) is the Kamakawi calendar in a nutshell (at least, before the coming of the Zhyler speakers).

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5 Responses to “Kiokuku”

  1. Ka kavaka Keri ti:

    I really like this concept. It sounds like fun =)

  2. Ka kavaka Sylvia Sotomayor ti:

    Yes. Happy Nothing Day to you, too!

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Hmm… Perhaps this is something I should institute in my personal life—just leave the option open to declare a Nothing Day whenever I feel things are getting to be a bit of a drag…

  4. Ka kavaka Anateleu ti:

    Reminds me of a device I saw earlier this year. It was a 30 day calendar carved into a tube of bamboo from Indonesia. It had special days marked for being good or bad, and when to eat fish. Bad luck days were marked with a scorpion. And every so often you would invite the local expect over to recalibrate the calendar so that you were back in sync.

  5. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Oooh… A Scorpion Day! That sounds really cool!

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