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Eh... I wen grow up on da Hawaiian Homesteads in Hilo.  We was living up Keaukaha and us neva kno' we was pua... but my neibas house had screens in da windows... and we neva had... so you know what da mosquitos did to us !!

I was the youngest of tree boyz and if you da youngest... hoo you catch da rap.  Witout screens, I had to make shua dat da lumi moe was free of mosquitos befo' everybody wen moe moe...so around 5 o'clock... I close da windows and "shoot fleet."  You gotta pump da can and spray da fleet all around da room... and when you moe moe you open da window or you pass out from da fumes.

Anyway, about once a month da USDA would sen da mosquito truck around.  Dem buggas would spray DDT.  Hoo, da thick white cloud and the "putt putt" sound of da pump would be da warning... plus all da keeds down da street stay yelling: "Mosquito ka... Mosquito ka...".  Den we all open da windows to let da fumes into da hale and den chase da ka...right into da clouds of DDT. Hoo da good fun.

Ass you kno' now..."they" say DDT no good....but I now realize dat da mosquitos no bodda me now.  In fack, not one of all da bruddahs and sistahs I know wen "ma ke" yet from DDT.  I jus' tink da government wen try fo get rid of us guys...us Hawaiians back den... but eh... neva work... anyways not on us homestead buggahs.

Eh... da smog in L.A. not as bad as Hawaiians running full blast inside da cloud of DDT... one two feet from da gas come out of da pump... eh... I wen live to survive and tell you da story !!   Eh IMUA da  Hawaiian... more strong den DDT !!!

Ass you kno* now..."they" say DDT no good... but Inow realize dat da mosquitos no bodda me now.  In fack, not one of all da bruddahsand sistahs I know wen "ma ke" yet from DDT.  I jus* tink da government wentry fo get rid of us guys...us Hawaiians back den... but eh... neva work... anyways not onus homestead buggahs.

Eh... da smog in L.A. not as bad as Hawaiians running fullblast inside da cloud of DDT... one two feet from da gas come out of da pump... eh... Iwen live to survive and tell you da story !!   Eh IMUA da  Hawaiian... morestrong den DDT !!!


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Patrick L. Kahawaiola'a was raised on Hawaiian Homestead lands on the Big Island.  While in the Navy, Patrick was stationed in Long Beach, California.  He met his "honey" in L.A. She originally was from Papakolea, Oahu. They lived for a number of years in North and West Hollywood. Finally, He realized a dream to move back home to Keaukaha, Hawaii in 1981. Now retired, he visits old haunts on the West Coast and spends time with friends and  "one keed who still lives in Torrance, California". Down to this day, Mosquitos STILL do not bother him !!  Eh, Bruddah Pat...must be da residual DDT, eh??

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