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Aloha from Bamboo Ridge – Poem for George Helm Aloha Week 1980

Eric Chock Published with Permission, From “ Best of Bamboo Ridge” (1986) I was in love with the word “aloha” Even though I heard it over and over I let the syllables ring in my ears and I believed the king with outstretched hand was welcoming everyone who wanted to live here And I ignored....
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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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Dear Frances – Picking up on the Signs

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, At a bookshop recently, the perfect book jumped out at me. “Buy me, buy me,” author Graeme Simsion whispered to me. “I’m the perfect follow-up to last month’s....
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A Sense of Place – “Hilo Rains”

Juliet S. Kono From “Hilo Rains,” Republished with Permission Editor’s note: “Hilo Rains,” Juliet Kono Lee’s first book of poetry, was published in 1988 by Bamboo Ridge Press. The poems draw on Kono’s and her family’s...
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Dear Frances – Preserving Memories By Passing on Treasures

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....
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The Poet – Caregivers of “I Am Somebody”

Editor’s note: Here is a sampling of the poetry and prose of a few of the poet-caregivers featured in Frances Kakugawa’s latest book from Watermark Publishing. Special thanks to Frances and Watermark Publishing for...
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Dear Frances – And the Good News Is …

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, I have some good news to share with you. You may have noticed that questions and interactions from readers have been on the decline in recent months. That....
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Dear Frances – A Read and Contemplate Column

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, As this issue of The Hawai‘i Herald reaches you, I am in New Jersey to speak and lead a workshop at the Brookdale Foundation National Respite and RAPP (Relatives as Parents Program) conference. I knew I would be away, so I decided to devote this month’s column....
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Dear Frances – “Dear Frances” to Help Us Make it Through

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, So, what did you get from your mother this past Christmas? Lilly Hawai‘i Dear Readers . . . Lilly is referring to a story I shared with you some time ago in this column. Lilly . . . you will find the answer to your question at....

Today’s Thought: Sushin

SUSHIN Shitte iru furi wo Suru yori mo Shiranai koto ni Shite ita hou ga Umaku ikimasu Don’t pretend you know it. It’s better to admit your ignorance.   Photo by JasonDGreat

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