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‘Hau’oli Makahiki Hou’ to 2022 from a Pacific island

Gina London


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Beach in Maui County, Hawaii. Photograph: Mia Shimabuku/Bloomberg

Beach in Maui County, Hawaii. Photograph: Mia Shimabuku/Bloomberg

Beach in Maui County, Hawaii. Photograph: Mia Shimabuku/Bloomberg

In case you’re wondering, and I hope you are, the headline means ‘Happy New Year’ in Hawaiian.

I am sitting on the balcony of our condo in Princeville, Kauai. Slender palm trees are swaying to the left and right of me and the surf of the Pacific Ocean is pounding into the beach below. Its rhythmic roar is occasionally punctuated by sonorous honks from Hawaii’s state bird, the nene.


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