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Caregiver Events with Frances Kakugawa

FHK_MM_WD Author Frances Kakugawa and her two caregiving-focused books, Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz. (Author photo by Jason Kimura)

Providing daily care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other long-term illness can be a brutal experience. Author and inspirational speaker Frances H. Kakugawa is well-acquainted with the struggles of caregiving, having served as caregiver for her late mother, Matsue, who was afflicted with Alzheimer's. During this time, Frances found that poetry and journaling helped bring dignity to the caregiving experience. A retired educator, she is now an advocate of the power of writing to enrich the lives of children, the elderly and those who care for loved ones with long-term disabilities. Through her writings, workshops, school visitations, readings and speaking engagements nationwide she helps others discover how to view caregiving as a fulfilling experience rather than a burden.

The award-winning author of 11 books, Frances offers monthly writing groups in Sacramento for caregivers and also conducts workshops on poetry and memoir writing and lectures throughout the country. At least once a year, Frances returns to her home state of Hawai‘i to offer caregiving workshops for the public.

This spring, the following opportunities to hear Frances speak are available on the Big Island and O‘ahu:


Thursday, March 6, 5pm
Presentation offered by the Alzheimer's Assoication
Aging and Disability Resource Center
1055 Kino‘ole Street
Call Chris Ridley, 808-443-7360, to reserve a seat
FREE event

Saturday, March 8, time TBD EVENT CANCELLED
Puna Hongwanji


Friday, March 14, 8am to 4:30pm
Third annual St. Francis Hospice Grief Conference
Ko‘olau Ballrooms and Conference Center
45-550 Kionaole Road
Registration required: $130 online / $150 by mail
Register Here

Wednesday, March 19, 4:30-6pm
Workshop: “The Art of Caregiving for Someone with Memory Loss”
15 Craigside Retirement Home - Solarium
15 Craigside Place
FREE Event
Limited space, please register. Contact: Jody Mishan, 295-2624 or

Frances' books on caregiving, Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry and the award-winning children’s book, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, will be available for purchase at her events and can be found at local bookstores and online at and other online booksellers. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz was named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the category “Crossing Generations.”