Plain and SIMPLE. Used to be, back in the day, Poʻalima was written Pōʻalima. Kahakō over the o because pō means night. And really, Friday starts at 12:01 am. Still pō out there. But no one pronounces it that way. And a person who doesn’t speak Hawaiian and yet sees it spelled Pōʻalima may over exaggerate the pō part and, well, it just ain’t right.
ʻAlima is the word for five. You probably hear the number five being said as ʻelima because when we learn to count nowadays we tend to use the ʻe instead of the ʻa, but ʻa is as much the prefixer (not sure if that is the right word for it) as ʻe. And so – Poʻalima – fifth pō. Fifth night. FRIYAY!!!
You realize that all the Hawaiian days of the week are post Capt. Cook’s arrive, right? Hawaiians didn’t follow the Gregorian calendar. NO NEED. We have the MOON!! No need if you have the moon. And no need if you don’t have a 9 to 5 job. EVERYDAY YOU WORK if you are growing your own food and fishing and making your own clothing and building your own house and carving you own… okay. You get the point. Yes another western way of operating your life imposed upon an indigenous culture…if you know the cycles of the moon and the seasons here in Hawaiʻi you know what needs to be done when and why and how and you act accordingly. But no. Now we gotta know Monday through Poʻalima, Ianuali to Kekemapa, 9 am to 5 pm. Auē. Take me back take me back, back to da kine…
Hauʻoli Poʻalima, gang!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!
It’s Aloha Friday, no work til TUESDAY! No work til Poʻalua!! Second night. We all get to enjoy a day off on Poʻakahi (first night) in celebration of Kūhiō Day. No school. No state or county work. YASSS!!!! Well yes for us in Hawaiʻi. All you poʻe living elsewhere, go work! Go school. We no need.
Im always fascinated by how our culture looks at time, seasons, counting: it makes you understand that there was a different WORLDVIEW. That we had our own understandings of the universe, how math worked, and systems worked, all based on observation of the environmentnand connections with the natural.
We’ve all heard the stories of how the missionaries and haole thought we were lazy people, yet no one went hungry, everyone had a job and there was lots of play.
Imagine that…a different worldview. And one that works because it is in harmony with everything — papahulilani, papahulihonua, and papahānaumoku!!!