One bright winter's day, the sea was calm, the sun wash shining and the mountains of Hawai'i were covered in green with dedicated white clouds.
But the whale and plover, having just returned from their long migration, were arguing.
"There are more whales than plovers in the world," said the whale.
"Not true, there are many more plovers," cried the plover.
The bickering could be heard all over the island and across the ocean.
Ikekahi la ho'oilo 'alohi, ua malie ke kai, e 'alohi ana ka la a uluwehi na kuahiwi.
'Akahi no a ho'i mai ke kolea laua 'o ke kohola, ua lohe 'ia ka laua namunamu 'ana.
" 'Oi aku ka nui o na kohola ma mua o na kolea," wahi a ke kohola.
" 'A'ole paha, 'oi aku ka nui o na kolea," i 'olelo ai ke kolea.
"Keu ka nui o na kohola."
"Keu ka nui no o na kolea."
Ma na wahi like 'ole i lohe 'ia ai ka laua ho'opa'apa'a 'ana.
"Nui na kolea."
"Nui na kohola."