Stories

  • To Win or to Play - A group of friends really loved playing a game. I’m not going to use the name of the game here, but you’ve probably seen it and you’ve probably played it. It’s the one where you’ve got these pieces that move around an outside track, and then they go up toward the center of the board, […]
  • I’iwi Rules - There was an i’iwi who was brave and creative and spirited. If she was a marcher, she’d have marched to the beat of her own drummer – and changed drummers at least four times along the course of the parade. The chances are good that only one of those five drummers would have been audible […]
  • The Big Brother - This story is about a little boy who had a younger sister. Do any of you have a younger brother or sister? [Pastor, of course, knows perfectly well that some of these children have younger brothers or sisters. He had to suggest that elbowing little sister was not strictly necessary for the story.] Well, when […]
  • The Manu-o-Ku Sisters - Today’s story is about a bird – and no, I’m not going to ask you to guess which one. Today, the heroines of our story are a seabird called a manu-o-Ku. In English, it’s called a white tern, and I would think you can guess what color most of its feathers are. That’s right. They’re […]
  • Brother and Sister - A brother and sister noio koha were fighting. A lot of you have brothers and sisters, right? I’m sure none of you ever fight. What’s that? Your sister likes to take your things and crawl under your bed with them. Oh. Well, the noio don’t do that. For one thing, they don’t usually have any […]
  • ‘Apapane Solo - Once a young ‘apapane learned to sing (which is not unusual). He grew up to sing with his family, with his friends, and with pretty much any other ‘apapane around. They liked to sing to each other in the trees as they sought the nectar from ohi’a lehua. Singing just made this little bird feel […]
  • The Many Forms of the Land - A little boy came to his grandmother one day because he had an urgent question. He had to decide what he’d do with the rest of his life. His grandmother thought he had plenty of time to figure this out yet, since he was only nine or ten years old, but there was no stopping […]
  • Sometimes You’ve Just Got to Fly - The koa’e kea (or white-tailed topic bird) lives on the cliff sides around Kilauea. Well, some of them do. Some of them lives elsewhere around the islands. The koa’e kea flies down to the ocean to search for fish in the tossing waves. It is a strikingly beautiful bird, with bright white feathers set off […]
  • The Patient Honu - There are plenty of things to like about being a honu, a sea turtle. Just to start, there’s the joy of swimming in warm tropical waters, and of dipping down deep for the refreshing coolness, and rising to the surface again for a breath of air. Oh, yes, that’s something to like. Swimming will also […]
  • The Puzzled Nene - There was a young nene — that’s the Hawaiian goose, by the way, and did you know that it’s Hawai’i’s state bird? Good! There was a young nene who lived on the slopes of Kilauea. Sometimes he’d be high up on the mountain, flying in search of ripe ‘ohelo or grass seeds or naupaka berries. […]