Glyph of the word 'kava'.


  • (n.) fire
  • (adj.) hot
  • (v.) to cook

A eteke uevolu ti kava.
“Smoke means fire.”

Notes: Today I decided to do a variant on the sample sentence in my post for uevolu. This is basically a way to say, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Seems like a more Kamakawi way of saying it to me.

Today is the 4th of July, and in its honor, I thought I’d do a post that reminds us all of the inherent danger of fireworks. So, there it is: Fire hot!

What the 4th of July means to me is food. In fact, that’s just about what every American holiday means to me. This time around, though, I’m going to spend my time trying to avoid eating food. See, I’ve always been skinny—lean, I guess. Lean and muscular. A few years back, while I was still teaching, I discovered that, finally, my age had caught up with me, and that now I would have to fight to maintain the physique I had taken as a matter of course. I’ve got good genes on my side, which means that I can put forth a minimal amount of exercise and still look good, but our basketball team has the week off (we play on Mondays, and this Monday is an unofficial holiday for most folks), which means that I don’t have any guaranteed exercise scheduled. I’m going to have to take matters into my own hands this time around.

Nevertheless, it’s always nice to indulge in that which thine own hands have not wrought. I shall do my duty as an American, then, and eat my share of Bratwursts, kielbasa, carne asada, and every other type of foreign meat we have requisitioned and laid claim to as our own. ¡Viva el Norte!

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