A Surf Instructor




canoe move (2) globalization
sand imagine forty-something
type mean (2) used to (2)
group ukulele leisure time
leisure other side throughout
basic little bit global warming
ethnic highway way out there
really don’t care scare/scary
end up dream (2) getting lost
at least all the way instrument
expect couple (2) blow up (2)
hope through supposed to





I’m Captain Mike. I’m forty-something, and I live in Honolulu, Hawaii.

What do you do for a living?

What I do is I take people surfing. I take people and ride the canoe out there. I teach them the basics here on the sand. And I take them out in the water and show them how to surf.

What does globalization mean to you?

Globalization for me is having many ethnic groups, many different types of people from many different countries, coming to Hawaii and enjoying our waters.

What’s your favorite food?

Anything that doesn’t move.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I just started playing the ukulele, a little bit. Uh, if you don’t know what that is, it’s an instrument that’s known throughout Hawaii.

What worries you?

Global warming is a big thing now. I’ve seen it. The sand used to be way out there and now it’s here. And I can only imagine, that one day, maybe five-ten years, the sand will be up there by the highway.

What makes you happy?

Look at my office. It’s a wonderful place to be. It’s always sunny, it’s always wet, the water is always warm.

What country would you like to visit?

That’s kind of scary because I don’t really care for planes. I’ve always had this dream to start on one side of Japan, getting lost all the way through and finish on the other end.

What do you expect for your future?

I hope we don’t get blown up in 2012. They say that’s supposed to be the end. I hope it’s not. I got a couple of children that are really small. I want them to at least enjoy life a little bit.

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Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa. Who is this person? Does he live in Reykjavik, Iceland? Is he proud of being middle-aged?

Cuba, Puerto Rico. Captain Mike is a full-time, professional surfer. Yes or no?

Iceland, Faeroe Island. Regarding globalization, is he positive, negative, both or neither? What does globalization mean to him? To him, globalization means . . . .

Ireland, Britain. Does he have one favorite food? Does he only like Hawaiian cuisine?

Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica. What’s his hobby? How does he spend his free time?

Cyprus, Crete. Is Captain Mike worried about work, money and inflation? What concerns or worries Captain Mike? . . . . . worries him.

Rhodes, Ikaria, Corfu. Does he enjoy his work? If yes, why does he enjoy his job?

Sri Lanka. He would like to visit . . . . . because . . . .

Bali, Java. Captain Mike loves flying in airplanes. True or false?

Taiwan. When was this video made? What year was this video made?
Sakhalin Island. Do you or do you know people who teach surfing, dancing, singing, music, drama? Do you know anyone who gives surfing, dancing, singing, music, drama instructions?

Aleutian Islands. Are you from an island? Do you live on an island? Have you ever been on an island? If yes, which island?

Greenland. Have you met anyone from an island? Who were they? What were they doing?

Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas. Describe the climate and geography of Hawaii.

Trinidad and Tobago. Describe the economy of Hawaii. What does it import and export?

Madagascar. Does Hawaii have any problems or challenges?

Maldives, Reunion. What is the food of Hawaii like? Describe Hawaiian cuisine.

New Zealand. What are some tourists attractions (cultural, historical, natural)?

Easter Island. What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? What do you associate with Hawaii?

A Living Room in Honolulu



ivy part of other parts of the world
stick cylinder as a matter of fact
dear familiar surroundings
gather similar going back to
really not only get together
part pick (2) represent
drum kind (2) make/made/made
wood made of named after
use sample beat (2)
noise keep (2) keep a beat
steer play (2) you never know
native paddle pick it up (2)
canoe club (3) feed/fed/fed
hula favorite furniture
koa rock (2) rocking chair
till example till we meet again





Aloha. Welcome to my home. My name is Moana Ivy, and I live in Hawaii. Come in to my living room.

In this room, there are many, many things that represent family. Many things that are near and dear to me.

My granddaughter Kaliko Okalani is here. She’s named after me, as a matter of fact, and lived with me for about five years. And so she is very familiar with the surroundings.

This is where we all gather when we all have to get together as a family.

So that’s why it represents family to me. We really *do* live in this room when really meaningful things happen to us.

I’m very interested in cultural things that not only represent Hawaii, but other cultures that are similar to Hawaii. Many of the things that I have here can be used not only in Hawaii, but other parts of the world.

This is a sample of two different kinds of drums. This drum here is a toeti. And a toeti is made out of a cylinder of wood, and they use two of these sticks to beat to make a noise and keep a beat.

In Hawaii, for us, the best example is the pahu, a hula pahu. I can’t play it, but I can put it into my living room. You never know whose going to come in, pick it up and know how to play it.

One example of native Hawaiian things is this Hawaiian paddle. This is a canoe paddle that my father made. And as a steersman of the Hulikalia Canoe Club, he used this paddle to steer the canoe with.

One of the favorite things that you will find in most — in many — Hawaiian living rooms is koa furniture.

Rocking chairs have been a part of our family going back to my grandma. My grandmother had rocking chairs in her house. And my father had rocking chairs in his house…now I have rocking chairs in my house.

So it’s just something when the babies are little, that’s where you feed them, you rock them to sleep. It’s just something we’ve always had.

Thank you again for coming to my living room. Ahuiho until we meet again.


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1. The items in Moana’s living room represent her family and traditional culture. Yes or no?

2. Did her granddaughter only visit sometimes?

3. Is the living room central to her family?

4. Moana only has Hawaiian furniture and items. True or false?

5. What is the difference between the two drums?

6. Did she buy the paddle from a store?

7. The paddle was only for decoration. Is this correct or wrong?

8. What is koa?

9. Are rocking chairs a part of Moana’s family tradition?

10. What example did she give of using the rocking chair?
A. Does your or your friend’s house contain many wooden furniture?

B. What are some traditional musical instruments in your culture?

C. Which country has a culture similar to your country’s?

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