Glyph of the word 'takele'o'.


  • (v.) to be sneaky, to be crafty
  • (adj.) crafty, sneaky
  • (n.) thief

Mata ia i lea! E takele’o ima!
“Look at him! He’s so sneaky!”

Notes: Now you might be thinking, “What’s so sneaky about an egret?” Allow me to elucidate.

Oh, but first, another egret picture:

A fancy egret!

During our honeymoon in Jamaica, there were, as you might guess from the pictures, egrets everywhere. Lovely animals! At night we even saw a blue heron. But anyway, the egrets, they abounded—usually around the restaurants (like seagulls on the docks). On the morning we went out to breakfast it was no different. We both went through the buffet, made our plates, and when we got back to the table, Erin went to the bathroom and asked me to watch her plate.

And watch it I did.

I watched it as a bold little egret hopped up from the ground and hopped onto the back of Erin’s chair.

And I continued to watch it when this same egret—in a single gulp—swallowed up Erin’s scrambled eggs.

And I kept watching the plate when the bird then hopped away.

Erin was none too pleased, of course, but I thought it was adorable. And besides, it was a buffet! She could always get more… ;)

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2 Responses to “Takele’o”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    From now on, I suspect, your lovely wife will tell you to “guard it with your life.” :)

    Nice egret. (cattle egret? looks like to me)

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Yes, indeed, it is a cattle egret! Later we went out to a park inland (with waterfalls, etc.) and on the way we passed tons of cows, and each one had an egret that would either sit on him or near him (to eat the bugs, I assume). Quite exciting!

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