|Pupukea Heiau and Mililani: Back In Da Day|
|Written by Linda "Lika" Relacion Oosahwe|
In high school one time, one night; my two girlfriends and me went cruising with these three guys in one old 53 Chevy or some old car la dat. The three guys sat in the front and us three girls in da back. We were cracking up cause somebody said look like us was going chicken fight.
Somebody suggested us go cruise North Shore. So us went. As we passed Waimea Bay one of the guys said, "us go up Pupukea Heiau". Den one of the other guys turned to us and said, "Eh, nobody get dey rags hah?" Us no like be killjoy so we all was "no, not me." I know I no had mines. But I knew for fact somebody else did.
So we reached up the Heiau and was parked parallel to one stone wall. We got outta da car and was talking story, just shooting da breeze. It was dead quiet and pitch black. Some of us sat on the wall and some on the hood of the car. We were laughing and joking around. All of a sudden one the guys said "Sshhhhh, did you guys hea dat?" We all got quiet and listened. No had nothing. So we all started taking story any kind again.
After a few minutes he yelled again, "shutup, listen!" We quieted down. "Eh no ack, you just trying fo'make us scared?" So us started talking and laughing again. Afta about five minutes we all wen shutup on our own because we heard one big deep thump. An'den another big deep THUMP!. And a'nada. Somebody whispered "pahu drums". We all was frozen in our tracks listening to one big thump afta a'nada.
We snapped out of our frozen state when the driva said, "Us betta go." We all jumped in the car. The driver turned the key and it wouldn't turn ova. Us girls was all squirming in da backseat as if we had to go shi-shi whining "hurry up". The car just whined like it had asthma. Finally one of da guys yelled, "Everybody jump out and push, us can kick start'em down da hill."
We all jumped out of the car and froze as we noticed the drum sound was way softer then it was a while before. The driver yelled, "EH PUSH!" We all started pushing. Till somebody yelled "jump in!" We jumped in as the car rolled down hill, the driver popped the clutch and the car started. It was silent all the way to Haleiwa. Finally one of da guys turned around towards us and said, "Eh one of you guys get your rags hah?" We all denied it. And I swear, it wasn't me.
Since we had cruised from Waipahu to Wahiawa via Kunia Road; to get back to Waipahu we went da ada way towards Kipapa Gulch. Den one of da guys said, "us go Mililani." All at da same time everybody said, "SHUTUP!" Back in da day when you said Mililani you was talking about da graveyard not one town. Da graveyard was deya way before da town.
So da story was, if you go Mililani afta midnight; you would see the Virgin Mary statue walking around. We figure we had enuff chicken skin for one night and neva tink us was going Mililani.
But as we approached the turn off, the driver turned into Mililani. Us girls in the backseat was all bitching and moaning,
"You stupid guys nuffawreaddy."
We cruised through Mililani in its quietest and darkest phase. You could see flecks of white, reflections of gravestones. You could see the Virgin Mary statue as peaceful as can be. We cruised slowly around the circle. All of us keeping our eyes on the statue.
We were headed out of the area when the driver slammed on the breaks, turned off the lights and yelled, "Behind you!" Us girls was screaming and trying to turn around at da same time. Even da guys in front was yelling. We were just screaming bloody murder as da car idled in pitch black. The screaming stopped and the cussing started when we realized da driva was juss bussass laughing all by himself. It wasn't funny. Well it was after the fact. It wasn't funny when it was happening. I pretty most shi-shi my pants. I was scared. And I SWEAR wasn't me who had da kine.
Linda "Lika" Relacion Oosahwe was born at Queens Hospital raised in Fernandez Village/Ewa and Waipahu. She currently lives in Gardnerville, NV. She has three children; Quannee Mokihana, Star Leinaala, and Keokuk Hokule'a a.k.a Quan, STA & BoBOY! A palm reader once told her she would have three husbands. She's way behind, she still working on her first one and it's been 26 years!! When she grows up she wants to be "financially independent" currently she is "financially embarrassed!"