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  • Waialua Public Library Authors' Night featuring Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi (Judge Sam King: A Memoir)

    Friends of Waialua Public Library's Authors Night program will be held on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 PM.  This year's event will feature a presentation and book signing with Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi, co-collaborators on Judge Sam King: A Memoir. The annual event is a wonderful way for attendees to meet local authors and book purchases help benefit the Waialua Public Library.

    When Judge Samuel P. King died in 2010 at the age of 94, Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie called him “the heart and soul of Hawai‘i.” Now, in Judge King’s own words, Judge Sam King: A Memoir presents the story of the man who not only witnessed Hawaiian history but helped shape the future of the islands he loved. In 2009 journalists Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi began a series of recorded conversations with Judge King, meeting several times a week in his office. After Judge King’s passing a year later, the duo continued work on the book, with support from the King family, combining the recorded conversations with an oral history conducted by the judge’s former law clerk, Susan Lee Waggener, and the trove of writings, news stories, speeches and other material carefully saved and organized by Judge King’s wife, Anne, and Rebecca Berry, his secretary for much of his legal career.

    In addition to Judge Sam King: A Memoir, the event will feature other local titles: Song of Planet Earth by Leighton Chong;  Kohola, King of the Whales by Vincent Daubenspeck;  and Hawaiian Herbal Medicine by June Gutmanis (dec.) presented by Waimea Williams.

    The Waialua Library is located across from the old Waialua Sugar Mill. Authors Night is a free event and will include refreshments and door prizes.  Please call 10 days in advance if special accommodations are needed. Phone: 637-8286.

  • 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:

    Hilo:

    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

    O‘ahu:

    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 jmishan@hawaii.rr.com

    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 www.bookshawaii.net and other online booksellers. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz was named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the category “Crossing Generations.”

  • Come. We Go Kau Kau.

    From Kau Kau to CuisineOur newest book, From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now (by Arnold Hiura, featuring Derek Kurisu and Jason Takemura), will be hitting bookstores at the end of the month. It's currently available for purchase at our online store.

    In From Kau Kau to Cuisine, food historian Arnold Hiura provides the fascinating backstory of Hawai‘i’s culinary journey from roots in tight-knit communities to how—and what—Islanders eat today. Arnold points out, for instance, that common foods once consumed out of necessity, such as offal cuts or native plants, have once again become popular. The buzzwords of modern cuisine—sustainable, homegrown, foraged—are in fact age-old practices; many old-timers never stopped sourcing, cooking and eating their foods in these ways.

    Chef Jason Takemura, Arnold Hiura and Derek Kurisu. Photo by Eloise Hiura. Chef Jason Takemura, Arnold Hiura and Derek Kurisu. Photo by Eloise Hiura.

    In addition, Big Island television personality and KTA Super Stores executive vice-president Derek Kurisu and O‘ahu executive chef Jason Takemura of Hukilau Honolulu and Pagoda Floating Restaurant, have teamed up to present 30 pairs of recipes. Each pair matches a “Then” dish from Derek—a classic plantation or traditional local-style favorite—with a “Now” dish from Chef Jason—a reinterpretation of Derek’s version or a new creation drawn from the same ingredients or cooking style. The result: Grilled ‘Opihi are reimagined as Baked Oysters with Truffle Hollandaise; Kabocha with Dried Ebi evolves into Roasted Kabocha Risotto; Portuguese Sausage–Hamburger Patty Loco Moco is remade as Sake–Soy-Braised Short Rib Loco Moco. Each dish is accompanied by mouth-watering color photography, while accompanying features offer tips on step-by-step processes.

    We'll also be kicking off the book release with a talk story and tasting event at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant International Ballroom. This event is part of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's "Inspired Food" series (the last event featured Kau Kau author Arnold Hiura and Chef Alan Wong discussing Chef Alan's book, The Blue Tomato) and is a fundraiser for the Center.

    The event will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 5:30pm. (Doors open at 5pm, validated $3 parking at the Ross Dress for Less parking lot on Kanunu St.) Tickets are $75, and a limited number of VIP reserved tables are available for $2000 (10 seats). Each ticket includes a copy of the new release From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now and access to tasting stations featuring seven different dishes from the book. VIP guests enjoy reserved seats, table service and wine.

    Want to see what guests will dine on?

    From “Then” — Kabocha and Dried Ebi (Pumpkin and Dried Shrimp)
    From “Now” — Roasted Kabocha Risotto

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    From “Then” — Shoyu Pork
    From “Now” — Braised Pork Belly Bao Bun “Sliders”

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    From “Then” — Poke & Surimi Patties (Fishcake Patties)
    From “Now” — Shiitake & Spinach Dynamite-Crusted Opah

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    To purchase tickets, call the JCCH at (808) 945-7633, ext. 28 or email programs@jcch.com. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

  • Personal Experiences on Pearl Harbor Day

    Several titles from Watermark Publishing and Legacy Isle Publishing chronicle the personal experiences of those who lived through the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Four selections have been excerpted below from a range of individuals: a young haole-Hawaiian lawyer who would become a U.S. District Court Chief Judge; a Christian minister of Japanese descent arrested after the bombing; a young girl living in a tiny Big Island village; and a Japanese-American ROTC college student who volunteered for service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

    Samuel P. King, Judge Sam King: A Memoir

    Born in China and raised in the Territory of Hawai‘i, Samuel Pailthorpe King was the part-Hawaiian son of the territorial Governor Samuel Wilder King, a grandson of the minister of the interior of the former Republic of Hawai‘i and a great-grandson of a Supreme Court justice of the former kingdom of Hawai‘i. King passed away on December 7, 2010.

    From Chapter Five, “The War Years”:

    When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, I was asleep in Honolulu. I was a relatively new lawyer and was living at the Mānoa home of my Uncle Bill, Dad’s younger brother. My cousin Billy came in my room and said, “Sunny, Sunny. They’re doing maneuvers. Let’s go take a look.” My childhood nickname was “Sunny Bunny,” because of my optimistic nature, I suppose.

    I jumped out of bed and got dressed. That’s when a neighbor yelled, “Turn on your radio! Turn on your radio! The Japanese are attacking!”

    On the radio we heard Webley Edwards say the famous line, “The Rising Sun has been sighted on the wingtips.” The authorities came on and said, “Stay home. Don’t go parading around, making things worse.”

    We could see airplanes from our house, but the attack didn’t last all that long—maybe an hour and a half.

    Norman H. Osumi, Today’s Thought —Rev. Paul S. Osumi: The Man and His Message

    A Christian minister, Rev. Paul Osumi was interned for the remainder of World War II at three different detention and internment camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After his release and return to Hawai‘i, he ministered at several churches throughout the state. For more than 35 years, he inspired generations of readers with his daily newspaper column, “Today’s Thought.” His son, Norman H. Osumi, is a retired banker who has spent the past decade researching his father's life and ministry to complete this book.

    From Chapter Three, “Arrest After Pearl Harbor”:

    It changed my father’s and our family’s lives forever when the United States declared war on Japan following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Father talked very little about what happened to him after the war started. I can only imagine what he went through as a 36-year-old Christian minister with a young family.

    The Secretary of War issued a warrant of arrest for Father on the same day Pearl Harbor was attacked. It read:

    YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to take the body of PAUL SUTEKICHI OSUMI alias SUTEKICHI OKADA on suspicion of being an alien enemy of the United States, and to detain said person pending final action by the Commanding General, Hawaiian Department, United States Army. This Warrant of Arrest is issued under the authority of the Secretary of War of the United States by his delegated agent this 7 day of December, 1941.

    Many thoughts go through my mind when I read this. First, Father was never known by the alias “Sutekichi Okada” in any of the documents I have in my possession. Sometimes I wonder if the government arrested the wrong person.

    Frances H. Kakuagwa, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii

    Born and raised in the village of Kapoho on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Frances H. Kakugawa is an author of ten books who has received numerous awards from literary and family caregiving organizations. A retired educator, she currently gives lectures, workshops and readings to schools and community groups nationwide on the subjects of caregiving, teaching, writing and poetry.

    From Chapter One, “The Enemy Wore My Face”:

    Under the rising sun, / The enemy came / Wearing my face.

    My face changed forever that Sunday afternoon. It seemed a same-same Sunday. My parents were at a neighbor’s birthday party, and I was home with my brothers and sister. There were comics on the floor, dishes in the sink and the sense of nothing to do that usually came on the weekends.

    That particular Sunday, however, changed everything. Mr. Ito was listening to his radio.

    “Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!” he shouted at anyone he saw along the road. “Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!” he shouted at the birthday guests as he rushed on to spread the news. The party immediately broke up, and everyone hurried home.

    My father rushed into the house, followed by his neighbors.

    “Turn the radio on. Turn the radio on!” Everyone stood in front of the radio, shouting above the crackling voice of the announcer.

    “Are you sure he said Japan?”

    “Where’s Pearl Harbor?”

    “This means trouble. This means trouble.”

    “This means war.”

    “Are you sure he said Japan?”

    I knew something was wrong when no one went into the kitchen to prepare lunch. I was hungry, but no one paid any attention to me. All I heard were arguments and loud voices. That was the day I learned to be afraid. That was the day I learned that there was an enemy, an enemy who would wear my face, an enemy who would not be forgotten or forgiven in the years to come. Shame, humiliation and a host of confused thoughts would now become my shadow. I would hear “Jap” for the first time. We were Americans, I knew that. We were fighting the same enemy, I knew that, too. The face I saw in the mirror looked American to me, and I’d had no reason to believe, up to then, that anyone else saw anything different. The day Mr. Ito went running around the village with the news was the day my face no longer belonged to me.

    Ted T. Tsukiyama, contributor, Japanese Eyes, American Heart: Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soldiers

    Born in 1920, Ted Tsukiyama volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and became a language specialist with the Military Intelligence Service serving in India and Burma in the Pacific war. A scholar of the Japanese-American experience and the nisei soldiers of World War II, he is the historian for the VVV, the 442nd and MIS in Hawai‘i.

    From Chapter Six, “CHUGI (Loyalty): The Right Person, The Right Time,” “VVV”:

    Sunday, December 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m. will remain etched in my memory forever. I couldn’t sleep because of the constant rumbling of what I thought was thunder. Going outside, I saw the sky black with smoke, punctuated by puffs of white aerial bursts. “They’re sure making this maneuver look real!” I thought. Turning on the radio, I heard the KGU announcer screaming, “Take cover! Get off the streets! We are being attacked by Japanese planes! This is the real McCoy! Take cover!”

    I was stunned with surprise and shock, then with disbelief and denial: This just can’t be happening! When the realization sunk in, I first felt guilt and shame for being Japanese, followed by a dark foreboding of the suffering in store for anyone who was Japanese. I condemned the Japanese attackers: “You stupid, damned fools! Who do you think you are, attacking our great country?” I harbored these feelings of anger, outrage and hatred for our attackers for the rest of the war.

    The night of December 7 was the longest, darkest and wildest night that I can recall. When we finally lay down on the Armory floor, however, physically and emotionally exhausted, sleep would not come. We feared the enemy would attack us again at any time. One of our airplanes flew low over the city, prompting a nearby machine gun to clatter into action. Sudden bursts of occasional gunfire outside were nerve-wracking, where anything that moved was shot at. No enemy appeared, but the next morning dead cattle, dogs and other pets were found around the city.

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