milky way

new worlds
spoken into existence
Pele clears her throat

           Hi’aka dancing . . .
          thunder echoes over the sea                        

flashes of mist
Lilinoe awakens
over Haleakala

        third trimester . . .
       the scent of Haumea's flowers
       in the baby's cry 

swaying palm fronds
Laka lifts her arms to the sun

      Nāmaka's tidal wave
      crashes into the fire . . . 
      her whispers


Michelle Hyatt, Canada
Jacob D. Salzer, USA

ʻĀina,” the Hawaiian word for “land,” means that which feeds. It encompasses the Hawaiian worldview of a reciprocal and familial relationship between people and the land.