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Billy don’t like poke

I went over to Kailua yesterday to watch Blaine Kia’s hula halau or dance group in an informal rehearsal and since I got over there a little early, I decided to kill some time at the Kailua Palace, the sort of dive frequented by Oahu’s Charles Bukowskis.

photo by David Lansing

photo by David Lansing

Nancy, the 60-something bartender, brought me a Bud Light and some poke. Billy, who was swaying on the stool next to me, leaned over to have a look at my food and wrinkled his nose.

“You like poke?” he said.

I told him I did. He shook his head in disgust and took a big swig of his Jack Daniels as if he were rinsing some foul taste out of his mouth.

“I’m Hawaiian, fo’ sure, but I don’t eat Hawaiian food,” he said proudly.

“You don’t eat poi?” I asked Billy.

“Sure I eat poi,” he said defensively. “Everyone eat poi.”

“Kalua pork?”

“Sure, what you tink?”

“Lomi salmon?”

“Dat lomi good stuff.”

“Sounds like you eat Hawaiian food to me,” I said.

Billy grunted. “Well, I tellin’ you, Billy no eat da poke. Dat what I’m sayin’, brah.”

So now you know. Billy no eat da poke.

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