Dr. Kimo Armitage is a best-selling author. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 20 books. He currently teaches Hawaiian literature, contemporary Hawai?i issues, and indigenous economies at Kamakakuokalani - The Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa.
Michael Puleloa, Ph.D., was born on Majuro in the Marshall Islands and raised on Moloka?i in Hawai?i. He has taught English at Kapi?olani Community College and the University of Hawai?i at M?noa. He is currently an English teacher at Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama, where he is also the advisor for Hookumu, the school’s student literary journal. He has received awards for both his poetry and prose, and he has published in various literary journals in Hawai?i.
By Kimo Armitage and Michael Puleloa • 2005
Design by Gaye Chan
from “10 Years Old in 1990”:
Yowa faddah is cool.
———So think of your own transition(s)-your mission,
He play cops and robbas with you.
Pounding longneck beers
just like the movies.
———like Tutu say and walk, think-not
———of asphalt/ass/asphyxiation, but shoreline, small-kine
Das da first time I eva saw one gun, Run!
da way he make pretend,
Hold ’em to yowa head
Like Bank robba,
tell you get on da flowa,
calling you fat piggy boy, fat piggy boy, fat piggy boy
———a true stitch, in you, you, you.
You was good too,
Acting like you really scared
Call me again when you guys going play – pray.
I wish my faddah had one gun.