Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Check da kine story!

Here’s one for your Friday reading, from Atlas Obscura: “‘Da Kine,’ Hawaii’s Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun/It means everything and nothing at the same time“.

The author, Dan Nosowitz, write:

After I wrote about “jawn,” the all-purpose noun that’s embedded in the culture of Philadelphia, I started getting emails telling me about a similar, and maybe even wilder, term native to a small group of isolated islands nearly 5,000 miles away. Hawaii’s “da kine” is not only an all-purpose noun, capable of standing in for objects, events, and people: it’s also a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and a symbol of Hawaiian people and the unique way they speak.

Then he goes over the top: “It may be the most versatile phrase on the planet.”

It’s really an essay on Hawaiian Pidgin, and quite interesting. Check it out.

Feline Friday: The cats welcome you once again!

This week’s “cover photo” features Annie greeting Duke yesterday afternoon as the cats were gathering for dinner late in the afternoon.

Among the other photos is another dinner scene. Toby is eating, with Romeo and Duke lurking alongside, staring enviously at Toby’s food as if he were the only one being fed. In fact, this is sibling rivalry at work. Romeo and Duke were actually the first to get their food from the same can. They ate some, then abandoned their dishes in the kitchen as soon as they saw me take some to Toby out in the living room. Cat food apparently tastes much better when it is eaten from another cat’s bowl, or so they appear to believe.

Anyway, click on the photo below to see all of this week’s fine felines! And if you would rather avoid the solicitation from Yahoo that shows up there, you can use this alternative link.

Feline Friday: March 3, 2017

Storm raises charter school question

Wednesday’s storm caused damage at a small, Hawaiian-language immersion school in Haiku Valley on the windward side of Oahu, according to a story broadcast by Hawaii News Now.

HNN reported:

The wind shredded a 20-foot-by-60-foot tarpaulin, twisting most of the metal poles that held it up.

The structure served as the school’s outdoor multi-purpose area.

“It’s our everything for our kids. It’s our cafeteria. This is where they meet. This is where they have their singing. Everything happens here,” Wise said.

There are 157 students at the school across all grade levels, from pre-K through high school. Lessons are taught in Hawaiian.

My question is whether a large tarp covering an open area is appropriate for what is apparently a primary structure central to the activities of this school.

When we lived in Kaaawa, city building inspectors would periodically come through the neighborhood and cite residents who were using these temporary kind of tarps as permanent carports.

I believe the tarps are flammable as well as subject to wind damage, as occurred yesterday.

What if students had been in the area when that gust of wind hit and took down the tarp and its supporting structure? A potentially dangerous situation?

Are there standards for the facilities used by this and other charter schools? Should there be? If standards are in place, should they be enforced?