1. Aunties are lovingly stuffing you with raw aku and poi while at the same time bemoaning your life choices.
“You haf a Master’s in what? Writing? Aie aie aie. What you goin’ do wit dat? Here no forget ‘alaea salt. You so skinny girl!”
2. And so you’re slipping into pidgin.
You haven’t used it in years except on those rare occasions when friends were curious. Now you drop phrases like a wet swimsuit on the porch: “Hoh Auntie, dees kalo wen broke da mout!”