The isle 
stilled with
scattering from the
crater’s sunside glow.

Its sudden
incandescence
drizzled skin with
watered
rose.

The silken layer
covered me
in a lover’s
saccharine
memory

& lingered in its tingle
an indelible flame.

In fuchsia mist hibiscus
sprinkled beads
like drumming
fingertips.

In my dream
your kiss
became :
the ‘Ulalena rains.
. .
.
.

By: Katy Claire Funke

Since moving to Maui I have been reading up on the beautiful language and mythology of the Hawaiian culture. ‘Ululena is a wind unique to Maui, carrying a mystical glowing rain of a reddish hue, that reveals itself at twilight. It travels from the clouds on the Mt. Haleakalā crater down to the shores of Hamakuapoko. The rain is more of a mist said to leave a tingle on your skin that will invigorate a yearning for life and romance.

The featured image is one I took at the Haleakalā crater. It truly is above the clouds.

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