Saturday, May 18, 2013


By Ebony Taylor


Malia lived in Hawaii for some time to pursue her graduate degree. It was there in Hawaii where she met Kaleo, a sexy Native Hawaiian. She loved everything they had to share—their bed, the beach, and most of all, their arrangement. Life couldn’t be any better.

Until things began to change. Kaleo wanted to take their relationship to the next level, especially since she’s having his baby. He didn’t understand why she hesitated if she really loved him. Her commitment issues and life and death situations would not keep him from pursuing the woman he loves.


Oh my god, I didn’t realize how much I miss him. I want to hug him so bad, but I’m afraid he might reject me and I can’t handle that.
“Can you please hurry, Malia? I’ve been on the plane since last night. I would like to meet your Granny and take a shower if possible, if she doesn’t mind of course.” Kaleo’s voice was low, probably grinding his teeth.
The gate became wedge and wouldn’t open. He sat his bags down and with all his strength, pulled, and performed a sudden yanked to put the gate back on its trackMalia was amazed at his actions. She knew he was strong, but not that strong. She was impressed, but decided not to express it.
Hm,” was all she murmured as she walked back to the house rolling her eyes.
You need to get your gate serviced.”
“Not my gate!”
“Nevertheless, let your Granny know then. Or, if she wants, I can look at it for her.”
Malia tried to keep up the tough exterior. “Whatever, Kaleo, if you’re here that long.”
Kaleo entered the yard and followed Malia as she escorted him up the front yard and into the house. It was still early in the morning, around seven a.m., but they could hear Granny moving around as if she was about to come downstairs.
“Come on into this here house, mon, and have a seat or you can sit out here on the cool porch. Granny doesn’t believe in the air conditioner. She has central air, but doesn’t turn it on.”
Malia was trying to make small talk to get Kaleo to talk to her. Being back at home has made it easy for her accent to return and for her to slip back into her native tongue. She could tell Kaleo was listening to her speak the way he used to when they first met.
What did you just say? Forget it, it doesn’t matter, I don’t have much to say right now, but if you don’t mind I would rather wait for your Granny. Could you let her know that I’m here please.”
Kaleo seemed uneasy and very short with her.
I guess he doesn’t love me anymore. He usually reaches to kiss me no matter what. I guess I really hurt him. If that’s how it is then there’s no need to tell him about the baby. I won’t have him with me out of obligation when he doesn’t love me anymore. I know how Native Hawaiian’s are about family values.
Malia held her tongue and spun on her heel to walk swiftly past him.
Kaleo uttered in a low tone. “You must’ve been truly enjoying yourself here because you’ve picked up weight.”
She paused and looked at him with a raised brow. “I beg your pardon, what’s it to you? I’ll get Granny!”


Granny came to the door with a big smile on her face and two men behind her. “Well,hello there, how are you mon? Come on, let me have a look at you!” she said as she extended her hand to shake his.
Kaleo stood as he accepted it with a smile in return. He bowed his head as he greeted her. “Aloha! I don’t know if you know of me, but I’m Kaleo Namakae Momoa. You may call me Kaleo.”
Granny watched Kaleo’s figure grow like a tree as he stood up. She gazed with astonishment.
Cooh deh! You’re something else. Where are you frommon?” Granny inquired.
Kaleo chuckled, he wasn’t sure what she said, but he could tell she was amazed at his height because she was very short. He could see Malia watching them from the screen door.
“Yes, ma’am, I’m from Hilo, Hawaii. I came a long way.”
Granny looked with puzzlement. “Nah, mon, Hawaii is not really that far from Mo’ Bay, Jamaica.”
Kaleo smiled with pearly white teeth. “No it’s not, but you can’t get a direct flight from Hilo to Montego Bay. I could’ve used the family’s private jet, but we need to give air traffic controllers notice of our flight schedule twelve to twenty-four hours in advance and I couldn’t wait another minute to meet you.”
Granny laughed as she responded. “To meet me or to see Lia?”
Kaleo laughed along with Granny. “To be honest, Granny… May I call you Granny?”
She grabbed his hand and began to pat on the back of it. “Of course you can, everyone does. Oh, I got a good feeling about you. I like you, Kaleo. Yeah, mon, yeah. I like you a lot and you have wonderful aura around you. I see it very clear.
Malia came out of the house and sat across from everyone as if she was observing them all. She was very quiet.
Granny glanced over at her. “Lia, are you ok? Oh never mind her. She’s been verymoody at times. I guess it’s to be expected. I guess we all better get ready. Her mother used to bethe same way when she was…
“Granny!” Malia shouted to stop her from exposing her secret in front of Kaleo.
Granny grabbed Kaleo by the arm as if she was about to escort him somewhere.
Oh never mind her. Let me first introduce you to some people. This here is Henry andHarold, twins, can you believe it? Did you know twins run heavy in my family? It skips every other generation. They’re my sons, Malia’s uncles. Oh, by the way, do you have a hotel in town?”
Kaleo answered while smiling. He was enjoying himself immensely.
Uh, no. I don’t. I came straight here. I’d planned to get a hotel after I had a chance to talk to Malia, or return to the airport depending on how things turn out.
Granny continued laughing. “He-he, you came all this way to see Malia, huh. Things are going to be okay, you’ll see. I know you love her. He-he. Yeah, that’s some love when a man will cross bodies of water for you.
Kaleo chuckled, “You sound a lot like my grandmother.”
Well, then there it is. That settles it. Take heart, dear soul, you will stay here. Get his things boys. Follow me, come along Malia and don’t pick anything up heavy, let your uncles get it.”

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