December 7th, 2011
Frances Kakugawa, a friend for several decades, today (Dec. 7) is launching her fifth book via Watermark Publishing, “Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii,” in which she shares recollections of life in a tiny town (now gone, swallowed by a lava flow) called Kapoho on the Big Island.
I remember her retelling some of these intimate thoughts over the past three decades, in visits to her now-gone-home and in Honolulu, where she taught in Island public schools.
She was always primarily a poet at heart but a storyteller in general, and she lived through tough times, enduring some of the fallout scars of being of Japanese ancestry, in a post World War II era when local Japanese often were maligned because of the bombs that fell at Pearl Harbor.
Over the years, she has evolved as a savvy ambassador of caregiving, conducting workshops for those burdened with the task of caring for a loved one, and writing about her use of poetry to ease the pangs of the grips of Alzheimer’s.
Now a Sacramento resident, Kakugawa was authored 10 books that serve as a legacy of her mission to share some of the memories of the past and her passion to enlighten and enhance the role of the caregiver in everyday life.
“Kapoho,” Kakugawa’s new book, tracks many remembrances of her growing up times in Kapoho including touching stories of her late mother, for whom she was a caregiver. Her other books include the award-winning children-oriented and family-friendly “Wordsworth the Poet” and “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz;” the caregivers manual, “Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry,” and her memoirs of her education career, “Teacher, You Look Like a Horse!”
For “Kapoho,” Kakugawa will make a number of personal appearances (see below).
‘KAPOHO: MEMOIR OF A MODERN POMPEII’
BOOK SIGNINGS AND WORKSHOPS:
Today (Dec. 7), 6 – 7:30 pm
Native Books at Ward Warehouse
1050 Ala Moana Blvd.
Reading and light refreshments
Saturday (Dec. 10), 11 am-noon
Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall
4211 Waialae Ave.
Dec. 17, 11 am-1 pm
Book Gallery, Hilo
259 Keawe St.
Dec. 17, 3 – 5pm
“A Writer’s Pen” Workshop—The Writing Processs and Memoir Writing
East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo
141 Kalakaua St.
Dec. 18, 1– 2pm
Basically Books, Hilo
160 Kamehameha Ave.
Watermark Publishing, 587-7766 or (866) 900-BOOK, email firstname.lastname@example.org.