Glyph of the word 'aye'.


  • (n.) bee

Hetu ei i aye oku.
“I don’t fear bees.”

Notes: This happens to be true. I know quite a few folks who will run the other way if they hear a bee. I’ve never understood it myself. Perhaps this is because I’ve never been stung by a bee.

By the same token, though, I could never imagine being stung by a bee. I mean, an honest to goodness bee stinging me?! It sounds about as awful as getting into a car accident! I mean, sure, it may happen, but one should probably try one’s best to avoid it if one can—for the entirety of one’s life.

But, yeah, I’ve got nothing against bees. I don’t like their honey, and they don’t like to sting me. We have a fine understanding.

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2 Responses to “Aye”

  1. Ka kavaka Christophe ti:

    Personally, I don’t mind bees. They’re nice, intelligent, hard-working critters (and I happen to like honey). And they only sting when attacked.

    I have more trouble with *wasps* (that many Americans seem to confuse with bees). Those critters are aggressive, dumb, and will sting you simply for being in the neighbourhood. Also, I’ve been stung once by a wasp as a child, and been warned that the next time could cause an allergic reaction. So I prefer to stay clear out of those.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Wasps are, indeed, more of a problem here, as well. They make their little homes right on our walls—our very walls! And they sure do get angry if you knock them down (or even if you don’t. They’re just angry fellows).

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