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  • Made up word. I worked planting pineapples on the Hawaiian island Lanai on a Castle and Cook (Dole) plantation during the summer of 1975. The big boss, Mr. Miyagi, would come through the rough fields with a stick (clodmeter) to probe the ground and its rocks, clods, and burnt-over pineapple stumps to determine the bonus we planters would receive for planting pineapple crowns in difficult fields. He came by later, to review, critique and judge our planting work, and his favorite Japanese-accented phrase in the field was "Ooh, those guys". His son went to the University of Michigan for law school, just like James' Michener's historical novel Hawaii documented among children of the Japanese immigrants to the islands. In the novel, Castle and Cook ("C and C") are rendered as "H and H". Michener did his research well, in that regard.

    February 26, 2011