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Aloha From Bamboo Ridge – “Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre”

Lois-Ann Yamanaka Published with Permission by Bamboo Ridge Press (1993) PUEO DON’T FLY Bernie let me touch the glass eyes in the tray at his shop. He order um from a magazine call Van Dyke. He tell sheeps and goat get the same eye. Chinese ring neck pheasant or blue pheasant same like a chicken....
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Dear Frances – Hawaii’s Treasure: “Eh, Aunty …”

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, It looks like Wordsworth made quite an impression with his inspiring column during my absence. Here is some feedback I received to his column. • “Oh, Wordsworth and....
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Dear Frances – Fresh Views

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Dear Frances, It was good being at your presentation again. When I first heard you a few years ago, I was at a critical point in my journey. My husband had taken a 30-day Amtrak train vacation cross-country before his illness. He wanted to take that same trip with....
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Dear Frances – In Praise of the Silent Caregivers

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa An Open Letter to the Press and Dr. Oz Special attention is suddenly being paid to Alzheimer’s disease on television and in the news media because a famous person’s mother....
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Dear Frances – What Children Can Teach Us

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Dear Readers, Hi, my name is Wordsworth, I am the mouse poet from a series of children’s books written by Frances. This month, I volunteered to write this column while she is away giving lectures and book talks in Hawai‘i. At first, she was skeptical about letting me write....
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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....
Book Cover titled 'Bamboo Ridge' Celebrating 40 Years

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 – 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....
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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 – Taking Life in Stride .. Breathe In .. Breathe Out

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, At our monthly poetry writing session, Lynda shared the following poem. She is her mother’s caregiver. As she read, we all began laughing. “Oh, you find this funny?!” Lynda asked.  Another caregiver in our group asked her if she was offended by our laughing. “Oh no, I....

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