Frances H. Kakugawa
Commentary
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

“The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage” is poetry that preserves the humanity of man. I first looked at the photos without reading the text and was driven to my gut with emotions. The portrait accompanying each story is a novel in itself — each man’s silent story of honor and dignity is deeply embedded in the seasoned lines on his face, in his hands and in his eyes. You can’t help but be drawn to the text, knowing that it compounds the powerful photos with their stories. This is accomplished with poetic precision and inspiration. Both photos and texts powerfully tell the stories of these young Japanese American men who fought for their country while their families lived in internment camps. Veterans from Hawai‘i and the West Coast are represented in the book.

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Frances H. Kakugawa is a poet, author and retired schoolteacher. She also writes the “Dear Frances” column on caregiving in The Hawai‘i Herald.

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