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It is our Aloha festival tonight at Grey Lynn School! Our school is a hive of activity. The stage is being built, the field is being readied for stalls, and right outside our classroom window, the umu is being prepared. Here are some of our stories about the umu preparation and our predictions for Aloha night!
We have just watched the pig get chopped up for the umu with a knife and an axe! I smelt smoke and saw smoke. It looked cool like a house on fire, but it made me feel sick because the smoke got into my mouth. I heard an axe hitting the bone of the pig as it was being chopped. I tasted smoke in my mouth. I feel happy and excited about Aloha tonight!
When we watched the pig get chopped up, I smelt smoke like when you roast marshmallows. I heard the banging of the axe and coughing because of the smoke. It felt like my mouth was going to water. I feel excited about Aloha.
Today outside our class people were making an umu and they were cutting up a pig. Tonight it is Aloha. I think they are going to sell the pig at Aloha. I saw lots of smoke from the umu. I saw the people chopping the pig with an aze. I heard the noise of the bone being cut. It sounded really loud. I smelt smoke. I also tasted smoke. I am so excited!
I predict that at Aloha there will be people performing on stage, dog rides, hairspray, glow sticks, tattoos, jaffas, cakes, and muffins. I can't wait till Aloha. It's going to be a lot of fun. There will probably be lots of pig to eat. When it gets dark I'm going to buy a glow stick and a ride with Amy, probably the dog ride. I can't wait!