Susan Nunes
From “A Small Obligation and Other Stories of Hilo,”
Published with Permission

Editor’s note: The following short stories by Susan Miho Nunes are set in her hometown of Hilo on Hawaii Island. They were published in 1982 in her book, “A Small Obligation and Other Stories of Hilo,” by Bamboo Ridge Press. Nunes now lives in Berkeley, Calif., where she continues to write.

We thank Susan for allowing the Herald to share her wonderful stories with our readers.


To us they were always “the Ebesu girls. The eldest, Tsuyako, is of my mother’s generation, but they are still “the Ebesu girls.” No one is more generous. And Hilo is a town of generous people.

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