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plantation • by the way • capital
threw • shady • worries
  1. My mother's whole family worked on a pineapple for many years.
  2. He has been very recently. I feel like he is keeping a secret.
  3. , did you hear that Carolina got married last week?
  4. No if you can't come tonight. I understand that your life is really busy.
  5. The of this country was founded in the 1700s.
  6. I look terrible. I just on whatever was clean in my closet.
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443 Uniquely Hawaiian
Mitchell talks about how Hawaii is different than the rest of the United States.

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plantation days

The Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, they all came from the plantation days.

A 'plantation' is a very large farm that is owned by one person, but where many local people work. Many times these workers worked very hard for very little money and life was difficult. The 'plantation days' refers to the time when most people worked on plantations. In the case of Hawaii, many immigrants worked on fruit plantations when they first arrived. Notice the following:

  1. A lot of the cultural in this area was influenced by plantation days.
  2. Many of these songs were written during plantation days.

by the way

What island are you from, by the way?

You can use the phrase 'by the way' when the the comment or question you are going to make is asking for or giving additional information. Notice the following:

  1. I wanted to tell you, by the way, that I really enjoyed the book you let me borrow.
  2. By the way, where did you get those earrings?


Oahu is the capital of Hawaii, and Honolulu is the capital of Oahu.

The 'capital' of a place is the location of its governmental offices. In many cases the capital is a large city. Notice the following:

  1. People are having a protest in the capital today.
  2. There are a lot of interesting museums in the capital city.

throwing on or throw on

When it hits like 69 degrees Fahrenheit, that's when people are throwing on sweaters.

Used like this 'throw on' is an informal way to say 'put on.' When you talk about 'throwing something on' it usually means that something is put on quickly or without a lot of care. Notice the following:

  1. You can just throw on a pair of my shoes. We are just going outside for a few minutes.
  2. Hold on a second. I'm just going to throw on a light jacket.


It's a warm feeling culture, and it's like they're not as shady.

A 'shady' person is someone who is dishonest or you feel as though you can't trust. Notice the following:

  1. Do you feel like all the people in this town are a little shady?
  2. I wanted to buy a new phone, but I felt like the salesman was a little shady.

no worries.

No worries; thank you, too.

'No worries' is another way to tell someone 'don't worry' or 'no problem.' Notice the following:

  1. No worries. We will find a way to work this out.
  2. No worries about being late. I was busy doing things around here.