“Appreciation is all I’ve heard from Kapohoans.” — Frances Kakugawa

A Sense of Place – Epilogue: The New Kapoho, 2018

Frances H. Kakugawa From “Echoes of Kapoho,” Published with Permission Memoir writers are often accused of invading the privacy of others. “Did you write about me?” readers ask. “Is that woman my neighbor?” “Who were you writing about in that story?” When my book “Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii” was released in 2011, I....
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Book Review – “The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks”

A New Book Examines Japan’s Alcohol Industry and Its Storied History Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald While Japan is a relatively small country — roughly the size of the state of Montana — its 2,000 active breweries and distilleries are responsible for more than 20,000 unique products. That staggering output reflects the breadth....
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Book Review “Danny, the Champion of the World”

Children’s Book Author Connected More with Children Than Adults Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At the height of his literary success, British author Roald Dahl decided to write a tribute to a father he had barely known and a boyhood he had never experienced. Dahl wrote most of his story in an antiquated....
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“Kona Winds” Book Launch

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge Press presents a book launch of  “Kona Winds,” the debut novel by Japanese American author Scott Kikkawa. This noir murder mystery is set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai‘i was evolving...
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Historical Novel – ‘Terrorism in Paradise’

Excerpts from Bill Fernandez’s Latest Book Introduction: In the 1920s, when Hawai‘i’s imported plantation workers began striking for living wages and decent living conditions in their camps, the plantation managers responded with violence, including the use of guns. “Terrorism in Paradise” by Kaua‘i native Bill Fernandez is a historical novel set in the Islands during....
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Book Review – “The Roads to Sata”

A Conflicted Journey in the Author’s Adoptive Home Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1977, British writer Alan Booth decided to walk the length of Japan stretching from Cape Soya on the northern tip of Hokkaidö to Cape Sata on the southern rim of Kyüshü. Thirty-one years old at the time, Booth had....
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Spotlight – “American Postcards” Tells Hawaii’s Picture Bride Stories

Invoke to Perform the Immigrant Women’s Moving Stories Set to Strings Karleen Chinen Inspiration is a fascinating animal. It can take off like wildfire, and where it will go is anyone’s guess. Just ask University of Hawai‘i music professor Takuma Itoh and Hawai‘i plantation era historian and author Barbara Kawakami. The opportunity to compose a....
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Dear Frances – Timeless Memories, Moving Memories

Frances Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist I am writing this column before I leave for Hawai‘i to give several talks on caregiving and to introduce my new book on Kapoho. To be honest, I’m feeling a bit burnt out after spending much of my last 20 years doing talks on the road. As fate would have....

Political History – The Gift of Author-Historian Tom Coffman

Pre-World War II AJA History Helped Coffman Understand Contemporary Hawai‘i Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Acclaimed Hawai‘i author and historian Tom Coffman realized what would become the signature theme for his writing in a surprisingly successful meeting more than thirty years ago in the koa-paneled office of Hawai‘i’s governor. The meeting was odd....
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Dear Frances – Bathing with Love

Frances Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Dear Readers, I’d like to introduce you to two male caregivers from my monthly support group in Sacramento. Bob first shared his “On Bathing Fran” two months ago. Then a month later, Ross responded to Bob’s poem with his “How to . . .” Their words speak volumes of who....

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