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Musubi Man
Grade 2 - Kamehameha School
Kea'au, Hawaii


by Sandi Takayama
Retold by Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Second Grade

Once upon a time there was a little old woman who made a musubi man for her husband. The little old woman used seaweed to give him hair and clothes. The musubi man came to life when the little old woman put an umebushi heart on his chest. The musubi man ran out the door saying "You no can catch me! I’m one musubi man." The little old woman yelled "Stop!" and started chasing the musubi man.

The musubi man kept running and the little old woman and the little old man followed him. The musubi man passed a poi dog. The poi dog dropped his bone and chased the musubi man. Then a mynah bird and a mongoose started chasing the musubi man. The musubi man was very kolohe! Nobody could catch the musubi man.

The musubi man got to the beach. He saw a surfer and jumped on the surfer's surfboard. The surfer and the musubi man were catching some waves. The surfer wanted to eat the musubi man. The surfer said "hop on my head" because the musubi man was going to get smashed by the waves. The musubi man almost got eaten by the surfer when the surfer said "hop into my mouth." But, before the musubi man could do anything a huge wave came by and they rode it all the way in to the shore. The surfer thought the musubi man was good luck and decided not to eat him. They became friends and lived happily ever after.

Definitions
Musubi – cooked rice that is usually shaped into triangles or balls
Poi dog – a mixed breed dog
Umeboshi – a small Japanese plum
Kolohe – naughty, mischievous

 

 

 

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