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LEGEND

ON THE ISLAND OF KAWAI, HAWAII THE ALOHA SPIRIT EXISTS
AND WHEN YOU SAY GOOD-BYE TO A NATIVE THEY NEVER SAY COME BACK,
INSTEAD THEY SAY YOU SHALL RETURN.

Where learned: HAWAII

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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Slug Bug

When I was in Hawaii with friends a friend of mine
(one of them) suggested we play a game. It was called
slug bug. This is where you must look out for
Volkswagen Beetles / Bugs, call the color of the
car, then hit the person next to you in the arm. In
Hawaii this can become a very challenging and painful
game since there are so many of these cars. You
must have quick eyes and a liking of pain to play
this game in a large group of people.

Where learned: HAWAII

Keyword(s): QUICKNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

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Hawaiian Island Folklore

Find a lava rock. Take the rock and wrap it in a tea leaf and
set it down in front of the ocean. Make a wish. Your wish
will be granted in three days by the gods of the islands.

Submitter comment: This is one of the folktales that Albert brought back with
him when he came back to the U.S. after his second honeymoon.
My father is good friends with this man and he told us the
story over dinner at our house. His mood was wishful and
mysterious when he was describing this folktale.

Where learned: Item was learned in the state of Hawaii

Keyword(s): lava, tea, ocean.

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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THE ASHES OF RELATIVES ARE GENERALLY STORED IN A LITTLE
BOX AND KEPT SOMEWHERE IN THE HOME OF THE KIN. GOOD
VIRTUES OF THE DECEASED ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE LIVING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS TO SEVERAL OF US AT LUNCH ONE DAY,
AFTER RETURNING FROM A VACATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UPON RETURN FROM A TRIP TO HAWAII

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A POPULAR HAWAIIAN HAND GESTURE IS
SHAKA, OR "HANG-LOOSE". THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY
FOLDING THE INDEX, MIDDLE, AND THE RING FINGERS DOWN
AND LEAVING THE THUMB AND BABY FINGER POINTING
UPWARD.

Submitter comment: THE GESTURE IS USED AS A GREETING, IT IS PRINTED
ON T-SHIRTS, AND AS A SIGN OF FRIENDLINESS.
IT IS ALSO USED IN PLACE OF WAVING GOOD-BYE
TO SOMEONE.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1984

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A POPULAR TRADITION IN HAWAII IS USING
THE TERM "ALOHA".

Submitter comment: WHILE IN HAWAII I LEARNED TO USE THIS WORD
IN MANY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS. WHEN BOARDING
AND UNBOARDING THE PLANE, ANN PLACED
A GARDINIA LEIGH AROUNG MY NECK AND SAID
ALOHA. BEFORE GOING TO BED AT NIGHT THE
OHTA'S ALL SAID ALOHA INSTEAD OF "GOOD-NIGHT".
EACH LETTER I RECEIVE FROM HAWAII IS SIGNED
ALOHA---ANN.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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ALL DURING MY CHILDHOOD IN HONOLULU, HAWAII, I KEPT THE
SACRED TRADITION OF SALUTING THE "CAPTAIN"--A LARGE
ROCK AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD NEAR THE PALI (THE CLIFF WHERE
KAMEHAMEHA MADE HIS FAMOUS LEAP). IT WAS SAID THAT ONE
MUST SALUTE IN ORDER TO INSURE SAFETY ON WHAT WAS THEN
A TORTUROUS ROUTE DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. NO ONE SEEMED TO
KNOW WHERE THE CUSTOM STARTED, BUT IT WAS VERY OLD.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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IF YOU HAVE A BLISTER ON YOUR TONGUE, YOU MUST HAVE
TOLD A FIB.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

James Callow Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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POPULAR SAYING

I'LL BE GOG-SWOGGLED AND EATIN' UP MY BULLFROG.

Submitter comment: THIS DOES NOT APPEAR TO MAKE ANY SENSE, WHICH LEADS ME TO
BELIEVE THAT IT MAY BE A VALUABLE EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING
QUITE OLD. WHEN QUESTIONED, MY FATHER (E.W. MARTIN) COULD
NOT REMEMBER WHEN HE FIRST HEARD IT; HIS FATHER HAD SAID IT
TO HIM.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001925 CA

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POPULAR SAYING

NOBODY WILL NOTICE THAT FROM A GALLOPING HORSE.

Submitter comment: THIS REMARK WAS MADE WHEN SOME SMALL DEFECT IN PERSONAL
GROOMING WAS DISCOVERED TOO LATE TO REMEDY.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB

A WHISTLING GIRL AND A CROWING HEN WILL SOMEDAY COME
TO SOME BAD END.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001932 CA

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