- (v.) to be perfectly still
- (v.) to be scared or startled such that one stands perfectly still (more commonly takemekamu)
Oku po’u! Takemeka ia, he kanekoi eyana! Takemeka ia!
“Don’t move! Be still, good kitty! Be still!”
Notes: I happened upon this picture today and I just had to share it (note: this photo comes to us from the LA Times photographic archive at the UCLA Library. If you’d like to see the original photo, go here):
Look at all those black kitties! According to the photo, these people are lined up with their cats in response to a casting call for the movie Tales of Terror. Apparently one of the three stories in the movie is called “The Black Cat”, and prominently features a black cat (though, having read the description, it sounds like the cat played rather an ancillary role; it mystifies me why the title of the segment [which seems like a pastiche of several Poe stories] refers to the cat). So, I guess when you need a cat, you put out a “catting” call.
Anyway, I couldn’t help but love this picture, because all the cats look like little Kelis! I see one looking straight at the camera in a very Keli-like way, and a couple crouched in Keli’s “loaf of bread” position, and another that looks like it’s getting ready to pounce! Perhaps one of these famous (or almost famous) kitties is Keli’s ancestor…
Personally, I think they’re all incredibly well-behaved. I mean, they’re a bunch of cat. On leashes. In public. How are they not tearing around or attacking each other?! Truly remarkable! They must all have been trained as feline actors.
As for the word of the day, take a look at take, then take a look at meka, and you’ll probably get the idea.