Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

May 25, 2020

"Lawe Leka"

Our mail carrier introduced a young man to everyone on our street. He was new and was doing his best to absorb the lessons taught to him by his senior. He shadowed his mentor for half of the month before he finally became our new mailman.


May 23, 2020

Pāʻili

It was only one time, so Sean thought. One time was all it took. Now he couldnʻt get rid of her. She appeared on the outer fringes of his social circle. Peering at him from around a corner, standing among a group of his co-workers.


May 21, 2020

Lily and Her Sisters


During the time of his boyhood, my grandfather lived on the part of 2nd avenue that is now the freeway. He said he was awoken late one night by the sound of someone crying.


May 14, 2020

Ear Notes

Dad's old man smell permeates the room whenever he is in it. I often wonder if I'm going to smell that way when I get to be his age?


May 2, 2020

Ka Lae ʻO Kaena


“Nani ka’ala hemolele i ka malie
He kuahiwi nui ia no Wai’anae
He wehe ana I ka makani kaiaulu
Mai Kuaiwa no a Poka’i e, i laila
Mai loko ‘ino ‘oe, e ka makamaka ia’u
E ‘ike mai ka pono kahea mai
‘Oe anei e...”


Apr 24, 2020

HORI

Our neighbor, Mister Hori, had only himself and his son, who he hardly seemed to communicate with except through grumbling and grunts.


Apr 21, 2020

Black Betty


Two cold hands clasped Betty around her ankles. She was in a deep enough sleep that she had an awareness of the sensation.