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Dear Frances – Wife-bathing Column Generates Interest

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Happy New Year, Readers! I hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s Day. My Nov. 1 column interest in which two husbands shared their experience of bathing their disabled wives generated the kind of interest I had not expected. Here is some of the feedback I received. Dear Frances,....
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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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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 – 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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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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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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Bamboo Ridge – Treasures from Issue Number One

THE LADY AND THE FISHERMAN By Gary Tachiyama Every ulua has someone’s name on it some day I’ll find one with mine but just as he cast his pole, she folded the moon in half and stuffed it in the back pocket of her faded blue jeans and walked away on a ridge wave He....
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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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