KUKAHIKO ISLAND

(koo-ka-HEE-ko)

Written and Illustrated by Adrienne Foster Potter

Copyright@1998 by Adrienne Foster Potter

All rights reserved--May be copied for classroom use.

NEW WORDS:

Kea

Kiwi

Kava

Kestrel

Ketch

Kakapo

Kauri

a type of parrot

a bird that doesn't fly

tropical shrub

a hawk

a sailboat

a bird that lives on the ground

a tropical tree

 Once there was a coconut tree on an island far out on the sea, and in that coconut tree sat...

a Kuckoo bird.

And the name of that island was KUKAHIKO Island.

And there was a coconut in that tree.

One day it fell down from the tree and landed in the sand. The Kuckoo flew down from the tree and kicked the coconut. So there you have it:

A Kuckoo kicking coconuts on Kukahiko Island.

Well, the Kuckoo built a tiki hut, hoping to attract a mate, and sure enough along came another cuckoo named Kiki, and they kissed and got married. And so Kiki settled down with Kuckoo on Kukahiko Island and they hatched a son named Korky.

Kuckoo and Kiki were quite contented kicking coconuts by their tiki hut, with Korky, on Kukahiko Island.

There was a Kauri tree on that island, near some kava shrubs, and one morning there was a *Kea bird in that tree eating kelp, which he generously shared with Kuckoo, Kiki, and Corky. So they shared their coconut with the Kea.

And Kuckoo, Kiki, and Korky were quite contented kicking coconuts and eating kelp, by the tiki hut, with the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, on Kukahiko Island.

One day they awoke to find a kayak on the beach of their island. And in that kayak was a kitten. And that kitten was playing what? You guessed it --a kazoo. And they invited the kitten to join them, which it did. And let us not leave out that the kitten was a little crazy.

And Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, and the crazy kitten with kazoo were all quite contented eating kelp and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut, on Kukahiko Island!

One day a King with a crown who liked kabobs sailed by in a *ketch, and saw all the fun they were having on Kukahiko Island, so he landed there. Of course all the creatures there were very friendly, and invited him to join them! And being a gentleman he shared his kabobs with them!

So Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, and the King with the crown in the ketch were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!

The following morning they all spied a *kestrel on the beach, looking bewildered. You see, he had landed in the dark of the night and was cold. They offered him kelp and kabobs, and kindled a fire to warm him. "Thank-you for your kindness," said the kestrel to Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kiwi in the Kauri by the kava, the kitten with kazoo, and the King with the crown in the ketch. When he felt better he joined in their daily activities.

So kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, and the cold Kestrel were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!

And they did this all week long. At the end of the week what do you think came to that island? Well, it was a *Kiwi bird, and how it got there I can't guess because kiwi birds can't fly, unless maybe it came in the same kayak as the kitten and was just too shy to show himself.

And so kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel, and the Kiwi, were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!

One fine day, along came a kid in a keelboat. Uh, oh! you must be saying to yourself by now, and well you should. Because, of course he came along and joined the fun. Why shouldn't he?!

And thusly, kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel, the Kiwi, and the kid in the keelboat were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!

Did I forget to mention that the kid is wearing khaki?!! Well he is!!!

And therefore, kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel, the Kiwi, and the khaki-clad kid in the keelboat were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!!

Will this ever end I'd be saying to myself by now if I were you. But I'm NOT you! And so I have to tell you that the kestrel and the kiwi were kin! Now how did that happen? Well, you don't need to know.

 

But you do need to know that kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel and the Kiwi who were kin, and the khaki-clad kid in the keelboat were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!!

This story wouldn't have all the facts if I didn't tell you that a Kakapo carrying kernels used this island for a stopping place on his way south. Kakapos are ground-dwellers you say?! Indeed, but he arrived, whether by bus, train, ocean-liner or raft we may never know. Maybe you don't really want me to recite the whole truth as it actually happened, but then again, maybe you do.

Because kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel and the Kiwi who were kin, the khaki-clad kid in the keelboat, and the kernel-carrying Kakapo, were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!!

What more could you ask for? --Maybe something sweet to eat? --Like candy? Okay, but you asked for it.

Kind Kuckoo, Kiki, Korky, the Kea in the Kauri by the kava, the crazy kitten with kazoo, the King with the crown in the ketch, the cold Kestrel and the Kiwi who were kin, the khaki-clad kid in the keelboat , and the kernel-carrying kakapo, were all quite contented eating kelp and kabobs AND CANDY, and kicking coconuts against the kayak by the tiki hut on Kukahiko Island!!!

 

And there they stayed, thank-you very much!

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