Today I wen holoholo ka‘a into town (Gresham) for go gym. I like go gym early cuz I knew was going be choke hot today. Sweat at da gym, den go out and sweat moa? I no tink so! Us nomo air-conditioning in dis hale. And da hale faces makai [towards the sea]. Da setting sun pours in da windows like one huge fireball. We get one small a/c unit in da window, but on days lidis, it no can keep up.
When I wen leave Gresham, was about 92 degrees. Okay, can hando. I wen come home and hana [work] in my office. Den Nolemana and I had for holoholo ka‘a into town again.
By dis time da sun wen grow five billion times its normal size, and was pouring heat on us. I wen look at da car thermometer… ack!!! 105 degrees!! Now dat might seem one big deal foa anybody in Las Vegas, oa Arizona, oa Death Valley, oa Iraq, oa da middo of da Sahara Desert. But foa dis island girl, da dry, unrelenting heat jass wears me out.
I rememba when we first wen move to da mainland. Was da middo of June, and temps were in da high 90’s and low 100’s every singo day. I was jass dying. My braddas and sista was dying. Nomo trade winds. Nomo nightly showers like we were used to in Mānoa Valley to cool things off.
I was so homesick. I jass wanted to go back home. I hated da dry heat, da high temps, da brown,
ugly dry hills (dis was in California). I was miserable, and tears wen fill my eyes every singo day.
I will neva forget da day dis one haole wahine wen come up to me. Da temps were in da low 100’s, I was hot and feeling about as junk as could be… and she wen tell me, “Of course, you don’t feel the heat here like you do in Hawai‘i!”
Lucky foa her I get good manners, cuz I like karang her! I was ten thousand million times moa hot den I had been back home. From den on it wen become one family joke every time da temps wen go up into da 90’s.
“Of course, you don’t feel the heat here like you do in Hawai‘i”. Hahahahaha.
I guess it all depends on wat u stay used to. I wen grow up wit humidity and trade winds, and da oni time I wen feel hot was during Kona weather when nomo da trades.
Now dat I been on da mainland so long, I wonda, when I go back, if I going say, “Of course, you no feel da heat hea like u do on da mainland!”