Keone Rivers

A fluent speaker of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, Keone Rivers wrote his poem, I am From, in ʻōlelo haole but with the kaona typical of Hawaiian language poetry.  The result is a poem full of metaphor and rich in vivid imagery and meaning.


n. Hidden meaning, as in Hawaiian poetry; concealed reference, as to a person, thing, or place; words with double meanings that might bring good or bad fortune. No wai ke kaona o kēlā mele? Who is being referred to in veiled language in that song? (source:

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