elizabeth f. mccrady : kala of hawaii, 1936
KALA, A LITTLE HAWAIIAN BOY
Kala is a brown skinned boy who lives on the island of Oahu.
Oahu is one of the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Kala salutes the same red, white and blue flag that we salute, because the Hawaiian Islands belong to the United States.
After Kala and his father had worked a long time, Kala's father said, "Let's have a swim in the ocean."
Kala's face beamed with smiles, for he would rather swim than do anything else.
Children in Hawaii learn to swim when they are very young.
Soon Kala and his father were splashing in the waves of the ocean.
carried with him a smooth board, called a surf-board.
When Kala got past the white splashing of the waves he stopped.
He waited for a big wave, then quickly threw himself full length on the surf-board.
The wave rolled nearer.
Finally it lifted Kala's surf-board on its crest.
Then swiftly it carried the surf-board and its rider to shore.
"I wish I could stand on my surf-board," said Kala as he watched his father ride his surf-board standing up.
"You can," his father answered, "if you try."
So the next time Kala tried to stand up on his swiftly moving surf-board.
He was almost straight up when he lost his balance.
He fell into the water and his surf-board reached the shore without a rider.
"Oh, I can't learn to do that," said Kala.
"Yes, you can," said his father.
"You must not give up so easily. Try again."
So Kala tried again and again.
Finally, he learned to stand on the board all the way to shore.
That made him very happy and his father very proud.
When Kala got home he called to his little sister: "Liliha, Liliha, guess what I learned today.
I learned to ride standing up on my surf-board, and I learned to plant pineapples.
Now, close your eyes and hold out your hands and I'll give you a surprise."
McCrady, Elizabeth F.:
Kala of Hawaii
The Platt and Munk Co. Inc., USA, 1936.