The water world was nearly all blue, with the tiniest of brown and red specks denoting islands. The oceans varied from dark to light, as the sun reflected off depths and shallows. There were larger landmasses, but at the time, those were on the back side of the planet, and all the crew of Kamahele could see was blue.
The navigator, or kilo hoku, of their predominantly Polynesian crew wanted to name the planet Wehe ka pe’a, Hawaiian for “close the sail.” He was overruled by the Captain. “The world is blue. Everyone knows it’s blue. We will call it by its name, Bl—”
“Azure.” The interruption came from Makeo Johnston, the colony administrator, who would later become mayor and then governor of the nascent colony.
“—ue…okay, Azure it is.”
-from And Break It Not