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Maui Nei

March 8, 2012
By RON YOUNGBLOOD , for The Maui News

The Hawaiian word for wealthy is waiwai. Wai means fresh water. In olelo o Hawaii, words are often repeated for emphasis. Wealthy is the man who has plenty of water. During the last few days, normally dry areas of Kula have had a surfeit of riches soaking everything in sight. Credit a low-pressure system. Don't say credit - say blame - to anyone living on Kauai or parts of Oahu. Their deluge was no makana. Certainly no gift for cleanup crews and insurance companies.

 
 
 

 

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