DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa

Dear Frances,

I enjoy reading your column in The Hawai‘i Herald. For the past 12 years, my husband and I have been caregivers for both of our parents, mainly for my parents. My mom is still alive and at 92 years of age, shows no signs of dementia and is still sharp mentally. She has had to go into an adult residential care home because two years ago, she suffered an illness that required her to be under supervision 24/7. I have learned a lot from reading your column and have benefited from all the sharings from the column. I can’t remember not ever tearing up after reading those sharings.

Downsizing my mom’s possessions from a home to a room in the care home meant that a lot of things that couldn’t be given away or thrown away now reside in my townhouse. One of those things is the 1949 high school annual called “Ka Nani O Pahoa.” My mom is pictured in the annual because she was the cafeteria manager at the time. One student, a senior, who signed my mom’s annual, was Sadaichi Kakugawa, who was the senior class vice president. I believe there is probably a picture of you somewhere in there, but only individuals in grades 10 through 12 were identified. There is a collector who collects Hawai‘i high school annuals and wants to purchase this one from my mom, but if you would like to have the annual for sentimental reasons, I would be happy to mail it to you.

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